Geography MA

General or with concentration

  •  The program typically requires one to two years of full-time study, although students can pursue the degree on a part-time basis. The department highly encourages students to consider internships to expand their learning experience.
  • Throughout their studies, students work closely with two faculty members who provide guidance and supervision. Students may either choose a concentration or in consultation with his/her adviser, design a program of study that corresponds with the student’s interests and satisfies the general requirements of the M.A. program. Students can pick one of the following concentrations or pursue a general M.A. degree (30 credits) as long as the required courses are taken: GEO 500, GEO 501, and GEO 505 OR GEO 504, a GEO methods course (TBD), and GEO 505.
  • The M.A. program requires 30 credit hours and completion of either a research project or competency portfolio. Students will select their option in consultation with their advisor.

Curriculum requirements for M.A. in General Geography

General M.A. in Geography

The general M.A. degree (30 credits) has the following requirements:

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics

In addition to 30 credits hours of graduate coursework the student must complete a research project or competency portfolio. 

Curriculum requirements for M.A. with concentrations

Earth Systems Science

Students are able to earn a M.A. degree in Geography with specialization in Earth Systems Science after completing 30 credit hours of graduate coursework and a research project or portfolio.

Required Courses

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

Elective Courses

GEO 515 Conservation Biogeography

GEO 544 Environmental Change

GEO 547 Advanced Earth Systems Science

GEO 548 Stream Restoration

GEO 549 Fluvial Geomorphology

GEO 561 Ecohydrology

GEO 570 Integrated Watershed Management

GEO 575 Landscape Modeling with GIS

Other courses with adviser approval.

 

Tutorial Courses

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance (used while working on portfolio/project)

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

Environmental Modeling & Analysis

 

Students are able to earn a MA degree in Geography with specialization in Environmental Modeling and Analysis after completing 30 credit hours of graduate coursework and a research project or competenty portfolio. 

 

Required Courses

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems              

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems

3-4 of the following Elective Courses for Physical and Environmental Theory with at least two courses in Geography

GEO 515 Conservation Biogeography

GEO 544 Environmental Change

GEO 545 Restoration Ecology

GEO 547 Advanced Earth Systems Science

GEO 549 Fluvial Geomorphology

GEO 575 Landscape Modeling with GIS

GLY 514 Hydrogeology

GLY 539 Sedimentology

GLY 562 Aqueous Geochemistry

GLY 563/4 Advanced Environmental Hydrogeology

BIO 507 Advanced Ecology

BIO 530 Population Biology

BIO 552 Limnology

CIE 535 Geoenvironmental Engineering

CIE 550 Hydrology

CIE 552 Water Resources Engineering

One of the following Elective Courses for Tools in Geographic Information Science

GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics

GEO 597 Geostatistics

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

Two of the following courses (at least one Geography analysis course):

GEO 551 Cartography & Geovisualization

GEO 553 Remote Sensing

GEO 559 GIS & Environmental Modeling

GLY 560 GIS for Earth Scientists

PD 569  GIS Applications

PD 571  3D Visual and Urban Simulation

CIE 507 GIS Applications

MTH 568 Lectures on Computational Mathematics

Two of the following Elective Courses for Environment & Society

GEO 594 Geographic Information & Society

PD 568  Environmental Planning and Policy

CIE 552 Water resources planning and development (not offered?)

CIE 569 Hazardous waste management

LAW 672 Environmental Law

LAW 866 Environmental Colloquium

Other courses with adviser approval.

Tutorial Courses

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance [used while working on portfolio or project)

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

Students are expected to have completed previous coursework in univariate statistics (1 semester), calculus and analytic geometry or linear mathematics (2 semesters). Working knowledge of at least one high-level programming language, such as, Visual Basic or C++ would be beneficial. Students are welcome to satisfy deficiencies in these areas during their graduate tenure, and must realize that doing so may extend the time to completion of degree.

 

Geographic Information Science

Students are able to earn a M.A. degree in Geography with specialization in Geographic Information Science after completing 30 credit hours of graduate coursework and a competency portfolio OR a research project.

Students are expected to have completed previous coursework in univariate statistics (1 semester), calculus and analytic geometry or linear mathematics (2 semesters), and have working knowledge of at least one high-level programming language, such as Visual Basic or C++. Students are welcome to satisfy deficiencies in these areas during their graduate tenure, and must realize that doing so may extend the time to completion of degree.

Required Courses

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems              

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 505 Univariate Statistics 

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems

Elective Courses

GEO 519 Transportation

GEO 520 Transportation and Spatial Information

GEO 530 Urban Geography

GEO 550 Introduction to Graduate Cartography

GEO 551 Cartography and Geographic Visualization

GEO 552 Special Topics in Cartography

GEO 553 Remote Sensing

GEO 554 Network and Location Analysis

GEO 555 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures

GEO 556 GIS Design

GEO 557 Thematic Cartography

GEO 559 GIS and Environmental Modeling

GEO 564 Mobility and Flows

GEO 574 Urban Transportation and Land Use Modeling

GEO 575 Landscape Modeling with GIS

GEO 591 Introduction to Geographic Information Science

GEO 592 Cognitive Geography and Geographical Cognition

GEO 594 Geographic Information and Society

GEO 595 Database Design

GEO 597 Geostatistics

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

GEO 655 Advanced Topics in GIS

Tutorial Courses

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance [used while working on portfolio or project)

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

 

Urban & Regional Analysis

Students are able to earn an M.A. degree in Geography with specialization in Urban & Regional Analysis after completing 30 credits of graduate coursework and a research project or competency portfolio.

Required Courses

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design           

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems     

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)         

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

Elective Courses

GEO 507 Location Theory

GEO 512 Geography of Health

GEO 518 Population Geography

GEO 519 Transportation

GEO 530 Urban Geography

GEO 554 Network and Location Analysis

GEO 574 Transportation and Land Use Modeling

GEO 593 Dynamic Modeling

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

Other courses adviser approval.

Tutorial Courses

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance [used while working on portfolio or project)

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

 

Transportation & Business Geographics

The M.A. degree in Geography with specialization in Transportation & Business Geographics is not being offered at this time.

Required Courses

Option 1: GEO 500 Introduction to Graduate Geography

              GEO 501 Research Design           

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems     

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography  

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)  

              GEO 519 Transportation

              GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems      

Option 2: GEO 504 Geography Seminar  

              One (1) GEO methods course (TBD)

              GEO 506 Geographic Information Systems

              GEO 509 Multivariate Statistics in Geography

              (Note: GEO 505 Univariate Statistics is a prerequisite)

              GEO 519 Transportation

              GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems

Three of the following: 

GEO 520 Transportation and Spatial Information

GEO 554 Network and Location Analysis

GEO 564 Mobility and Flows

GEO 574 Urban Transportation and Land Use Modeling

GEO 666 Geography of Information

One of the following:    

GEO 507 Location Theory

GEO 518 Population Geography

GEO 530 Urban Geography

GEO 531 Introduction to International Business and World Trade

GEO 605 Spatial Statistics

ECO 521 Urban Economics

PD 562  Transportation, Land Use, and Urban Form

MGS 616 Decision Support Systems

Tutorial Courses

GEO 534 Graduate Research Problems (Independent Study)

GEO 631 Research Guidance [up to 6 credits](GEO 631 is used while working on portfolio or project)

GEO 742 Geography Internship

 

 

*The department is not accepting students into the Transportation & Business Geographics concentration at this time.