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Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Arts in Geography

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months
The department’s graduate programs emphasize the natural environment; the interactions of environment and society; culture, politics, and space; geographic information system science; and geographic education. The master’s and PhD programs closely follow the research interests of the geography faculty. Students follow an individualized program that includes courses and seminars in related disciplines. Although the department requires knowledge of the fundamentals of geography, it welcomes students whose undergraduate work has been in other disciplines and who can apply their training to geographic problems. The master’s degree in geography (MA) emphasizes broad understanding of physical and human geography and basic geographic techniques. Students develop specialized research skills during work on the thesis. The Master of Arts degree requires second-year university-level proficiency in a second language. Competency may be demonstrated by a standardized test or with adequate undergraduate course work. The master's degree option in geographic education is designed for teachers who have K–12 teaching licensure or are working toward their initial or continuing licensure. Most graduate students who take the geographic education option also have several years of teaching experience. A committee of two geography faculty members supervises the research and writing of a master’s thesis that shows evidence of original research and writing.