Graduate Programs

We offer three different graduate degrees: a PhD in geography, an MA in geography and an MS in geographic information science. 

Serving a graduate student body of about 75 students, we are able to provide small classes, individual advising, competitive financial aid packages, job-placement assistance and the chance to develop rewarding relationships with faculty, staff and other students.

Graduate students are also encouraged to take advantage of numerous opportunities for field training through a range of trips and field courses, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

The PhD in geography emphasizes biogeography, climatology, cultural geography, economic geography, environmental change, geographic information science, geomorphology, human environment interaction, Latin America, population, Quaternary studies, transportation geography, water resources and urban geography.

Students in the program will be expected to produce a high-quality dissertation of substantial scope. A PhD in geography will prepare students to pursue careers in higher education, with federal and state agencies, and in a range of other fields requiring specialized geographic knowledge.

Master of Arts in Geography

A master of arts (MA) in geography focuses on our department's three areas of expertise: physical geography; human geography; and human-environment interaction. Rigorous coursework and research, culminate in a thesis project. Opportunities for field training abound, both in the U.S. and abroad, and we'll help support you with career goals so you're best able to utilize your skills.

Students who graduate with an MA in geography often pursue careers with state and local planning agencies, environmental consulting firms, developers and private enterprises as well as careers in sustainability and resource usage.

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science

The Master of Science (MS) in geographic information science (GISc) is designed for students interested in careers in GIS. The program provides in-depth study of geospatial skills, including cartography, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Digital solutions and data analysis are increasingly essential in the way we understand geography, cartography, and how they relate to the human and physical world. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for graduates with geospatial skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024.