Oct 13, 2019  
2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Geography, MA

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College of Natural Resources

Department of Environment and Society

Degree Programs

The department offers opportunities for graduate study through the MA, MS, PhD, and graduate certificate programs listed below.

The MS degree requires a minimum of 30 credits, of which 24 must be in residence.Candidates for the MA must complete the requirements for the MS, with the addition of at least two years (approximately 16 credits) of an approved foreign language or some other demonstration of foreign language proficiency. There are two options available in the MA and MS programs. The Plan A requires students to complete coursework, as well as a research thesis. The Plan B is a nonthesis, terminal degree, based largely on coursework and a professional paper or project.

For the PhD degree, there is a more variable amount of required coursework, as well as a research dissertation. Compared to the MA and MS degree, the PhD degree has a greater emphasis on theory, research methods, writing research proposals, and publishing research in peer-reviewed outlets.


Geographers explore the relationship between people and places, and why it matters where something happens or is located.  They study the spatial patterns of human activity across the earth, the processes underlying those patterns, and the linkages among places in a globalizing world.  Geography is a diverse field, with career opportunities in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors in fields such as education and research, environmental assessment, international aid and development, planning, and spatial analysis.  The graduate curriculum is centered on study of the human-environment relationship, with opportunities for additional training in geographic information systems, remote sensing, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. 



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