Master of Science in Applied Geography

Major: AGEO
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/geography/

Program Information

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.

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. 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:http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply

Curriculum

The M.S. in Applied Geography is a 36-hour program with thesis and non-thesis options.

All students must take the following foundation courses – 15 hours

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, six of which may be taken outside of the department
  • 6 hours of GEOG 698: Thesis

Additional courses for the non-thesis option include:

  • 21 hours of electives at the 500 or 600 level, six of which may be taken outside of the department

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 thesis student will choose a thesis advisor and two other faculty members for a thesis committee. Non-thesis students will choose a three-member advising committee to administer and evaluate the comprehensive exam.

Faculty

David Howarth

Professor, Chair

C. Andrew Day

Assistant Professor

Andrea Gaughan

Assistant Professor

Jafar Hadizadeh

Professor

Carol Hanchette

Associate Professor

Priscilla McCutcheon
Assistant Professor

Keith Mountain
Associate Professor

Jason Naylor
Assistant Professor

Wei Song

Associate Professor

Forrest Stevens

Assistant Professor

Margath Walker

Assistant Professor

Haifeng (Charlie) Zhang

Associate Professor