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Master of Science in Applied Geography

Major: AGEO
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GA
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Program Information

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.

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, and land use/land cover change.

The department has state-of-the-art computer facilities with GIS and remote sensing software.

A thesis is required of all M.S. students in the program.

Program Admission

Students from geography and related fields are encouraged to apply.  All applicants must have completed a B.A. or B.S. with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a combined score of at least 300 on the GRE (or 1000 on the pre-2012 GRE). Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation addressing candidate's skills and readiness for graduate study, as well as a letter of intent outlining educational goals.

All materials must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:


The M.S. in Applied Geography is a 36 credit hour program with a required thesis.

It includes 15 credit hours of foundation courses, 15 credit hours of electives, and a six credit hours of thesis.  18 credit hours of coursework must be at the 600 level.  Up to six credit hours of 500- or 600-level coursework can be taken from other departments.  Students may attend either full- or part-time.

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 above requirements.  After the second semester, each student will choose a thesis advisor and two other faculty members for a thesis committee.

Required Foundation Courses  – 15 credit 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

Electives at 500 or 600 level – 15 credit hours

Thesis – 6 credit hours

Departmental Faculty

Keith Mountain
Associate Professor

C. Andrew Day
Assistant Professor

Andrea Gaughan
Assistant Professor

Jafar Hadizadeh

Carol Hanchette
Associate Professor

David Howarth

Wei Song
Associate Professor

Forrest Stevens
Assistant Professor

Margath Walker
Assistant Professor

Haifeng (Charlie) Zhang
Associate Professor

John Anderson

Don Bierman

Terra Clark

James Conkin

Lal Gauri

George Lager

Clara Leuthart

Contact Information

Applied Geography - MS

Dr. Carol Hanchette

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