Department of
Forbidden City, Beijing, photo by E. LeppmanGeography

Graduate Program

We offer two graduate degree programs:

  • M.S. in Geography: GIS Emphasis 
  • M.S. in Geography: Tourism Planning and Development Emphasis

With any of these, the thesis option (A, 30 cr.) is the most common one, one can also do a portfolio option (C, 36 cr.) with the regular MS in Geography without a thesis, when the project in question is an applied one, or you can choose to do a "starred papers" option (B, 32 cr.) based on literature sources, rather than original data.

There is also a GIS Graduate Certificate available (not an MS degree, requires completion of 5 500-level courses for a total of 15 credits). This is a good option for full-time professionals, who cannot or do not want to pursue a formal thesis program.

We have about 30 graduate students currently enrolled. Limited number of graduate assistantships is available annually on a competitive basis.

We are always happy to see you in person and answer your questions about our graduate program. Some courses (especially GIS-related) are offered in the evenings or on Saturdays to help students who work full time.

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