Program Description

The M.S. in Applied Geography is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and background knowledge needed to solve real-world problems with geographic dimensions. Graduate students experience a nucleated body of coursework designed to foster and support the theoretical knowledge and advanced skill sets demanded for the professional and academic/research fields.  Coupled with the enhanced level of course content; quantitative, qualitative and spatial data analysis applications; and the Departmental emphasis upon critical reasoning, effective writing and communication skills, graduates will be capable and prepared for effective integration into a broad diversity of professional fields.

Our course offerings and faculty research areas include geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, climatology and meteorology, urban and regional studies, quantitative and qualitative methods, medical geography, globalization, glaciology, hydrology and water resources, geomorphology, glaciology, transportation and location analysis, border security, land use/land cover change and the geography of food and race.

Geographic information systems (GIS) proficiency is required for all students. If not attained at the undergraduate level or in a job-related environment, students will be required to take GEOG 558 in addition to the requirements listed in the Curriculum section, below. The department has state-of-the-art computer facilities with GIS and remote sensing software.

The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. Students who choose the non-thesis option are required to take a written comprehensive exam near the end of their course of study. Students may attend either full- or part-time.

All students must take the following foundation courses – 15 hours

  • GEOG 600: History and Philosophy of Geography
  • GEOG 640: Approaches and Methods in Applied Geography
  • GEOG 641: Research Design and Proposal Development
  • GEOG 656: Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • GEOG 660: Qualitative Methods

GEOG 600, 640, 656 and 660 are prerequisites to GEOG 641.

Additional courses for the thesis option include:

  • 15 hours of electives at the 500 or 600 level, two of which may be taken outside of the department
  • 6 hours of GEOG 698:  Thesis
  • a plan/checklist is available at:  <need link>

 Additional courses for the non-thesis option include:

  • 21 hours of electives at the 500 or 600 level, two of which may be taken outside of the department
  • a plan/checklist is available at:  <need link>