Geography is the study of human use and interaction with the Earth and the identification of spatial and temporal variation in natural and human processes. Geography uses principles of mathematics, social science, and natural science to analyze and interpret change in the environment. Many geographic studies require a combination of field, laboratory and computational work. Geography plays an important role in urban and land use planning, resource evaluation, environmental analysis, education and cartography.

Majors in Geography develop a background in regional geography, resource geography, geographic information science, physical geography, and in statistics and disciplines related to geography like geology, forestry, and anthropology. Course offerings combined with excellent facilities and supportive electives allow students to develop particular interests such as resource management, environmental analysis, land use planning and cartography/geographic information systems/remote sensing.

The program has an applied orientation, placing emphasis on the application of geographic information science to environmental and resource utilization and problem solution. Master’s degree candidates may elect a thesis or nonthesis option. Geography participates as one of the minors in Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs. No foreign language is required for the MS degree. One foreign language is required for the MA and PhD degrees.

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Any Term

Fall Term Recommended

Required Tests
  • GRE

English Language Requirements ?

English language requirements for international applicants to this program are the same as the standard Graduate School requirements.


Additional Requirements

Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

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Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for all applicants
January 05
Funding Deadline for all applicants
January 05

Available Concentrations ?

  • geographic information science
  • physical geography
  • resource geography

MAIS Participation

This program is not offered as a MAIS field of study.


AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)