M.A. in Geography

For the Master of Arts degree, students must meet the following departmental requirements, including 36 credit hours of graduate work:

  1. 15 of the 36 minimum hours must be taken at the 6000 level. 15 additional elective hours may be taken at the 5000 or 6000 level within the major. The following courses are mandatory:
    GEPL 6100Philosophy & General Methodology3
    GEPL 6150Seminar In Research Methods3
    GEPL 6920Research Design3
    This 15-hour requirement at the 6000 level may not include the following courses: GEPL 6700, GEPL 6910, GEPL 6940 and GEPL 6960.
  2. 3 of the 36 minimum hours, approved by the adviser, must be taken in a related area outside the department. This may not include an independent study or research course.
  3. The selection of geography courses and related courses should comprise a unified program chosen in consultation with the graduate adviser.
  4. After completing 6150 and 9 hours of graduate coursework, the student may register for GEPL 6920. As part of this course, students complete a research literature review and prepare and defend a thesis proposal. A grade of B or better in 6100, 6150, 6920, and B average or better for graduate work entitles the student to become a formal candidate for the M.A. geography degree.
  5. The student should research and write an approved thesis under the direction of a thesis advisory committee composed of departmental faculty members.
  6. Upon completion of the thesis, an oral examination on the student’s thesis research, as it relates to general professional competence, will be required.
  7. A minimum enrollment to qualify for the master’s degree is 2 hours of thesis credits, but there may be as many as 6 hours within the 36 semester hours of graduate work.

Non-Thesis Option

For students who do not plan to seek additional graduate education beyond the MA degree, the department offers a non-thesis for the MA in Geography. This option includes a general exam and a major research paper completed in the context of GEPL 6890 during the Student’s final spring semester in the program.

Minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work.
GEPL 6100Philosophy & General Methodology3
GEPL 5110Geographic Information Systems3
GEPL 5530Principles Of Urban Planning3
GEPL 6150Seminar In Research Methods3
GEPL 5180Geographic Information Systems Applications3
GEPL 6890Professional Development in Geography and Planning3
Select one of the following:3
Geography of Earth Systems
Transportation Geography
Community Planning Workshop
12 additional hours at the 5000 or 6000 level in Geography. 12
Minimum of 3 credit hours of graduate level course taken in a related field out of the department3
Total Hours36