Academic Programs

The geography graduate program offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Normally, admission into the graduate program is for full-time status, and for Fall Quarter only. Applicants should be prepared in geography or a related field.

Entrance Requirements

Most students admitted will already have completed an undergraduate major in geography, and will have met entrance requirements (at least one upper division course in three of the following six areas of study):

  • Geographical field methods
  • Cartography
  • Aerial photo analysis-remote sensing
  • Statistics
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geographical theory

Applicants also should have completed at least one upper division course in each of the following: human geography, physical geography, and geographic methods.

Students with undergraduate degrees not in geography are still eligible for admission and encouraged to apply, and there are a range of upper-division courses in other disciplines that can be approved as constituting the equivalent to human geography, physical geography and geographic methods. Students who are admitted without an undergraduate geography degree may be required to take additional courses or readings to overcome any deficiencies.