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Graduate Program


Graduate work leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees is offered. A special option in the master’s program emphasizing geography and education is available for students with public school teaching licensure. The department’s graduate programs emphasize human geography and physical geography with an emphasis on environmental change and Quaternary studies. The master’s program may be a more generalized study of cultural, physical, or environmental geography. The Ph.D. program closely follows the research interests of the geography faculty. Because of the small size of the faculty, most students follow an individualized program that includes courses and seminars in related disciplines. Although the department requires knowledge of the fundamentals of geography, it welcomes students whose undergraduate work has been in other disciplines and who can apply their training to geographic problems.

A detailed overview of the requirements of the department can be found in the Department of Geography’s Geography Graduate Handbook for 2020-2021