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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 1000 on the GRE. Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation addressing candidate 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-hour program with a required thesis.

It includes 15 hours of foundation courses, 15 hours of electives, and a six-hour thesis.  Eighteen hours of coursework must be at the 600 level.  Up to six 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 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 hours

Thesis – 6 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


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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