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Graduate Catalog: Geographic Information Science or Tourism, Planning and Development

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Geography and Planning

Graduate Director:
Dr. Mikhail Blinnikov

Program Overview

  • The Master of Science in Geography prepares individuals for professional employment in both public and private sectors.
  • The M.S. is flexible, and students can choose to focus on aspects of physical/environmental geography, or human geography concentrating on urban/regional issues, or a combination of the two (particularly useful for 5-12 teachers seeking an M.S. in a content area).
  • The tourism planning and development emphasis provides opportunities for students seeking to further their study of tourism, including eco-tourism development, and destination marketing.

Emphasis available:

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Tourism Planning and Development 


Graduates seek employment in both private and public settings, including State and local agencies.

Admission Information

  • Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received. 

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: five semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: four semesters taking nine credits per semester.
  • The program has been designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
  • Full-time students must expect to complete part of their course load in evening classes.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Two graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Graduate assistants do a variety of activities, including assisting instructors in the GIS teaching lab and in auditorium classes, and working with faculty members on various research projects. Application due dates vary, but assistantship decisions are made before the end of spring semester.