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Summary

The Department of Geography is a leader in the field of geography and offers exceptional opportunities for graduate education. The department has been consistently rated as one of the best in the country and, for over 100 years, has been the training ground for generations of geographers. The department's strength is reflected in its ability to attract top-caliber students, compete for significant research funding, and publish foundational scholarly work. The department maintains strength across the full spectrum of subfields within the discipline, and is organized into four major thematic areas: physical geography, people and environment, human geography, and cartography/GIS.

Department faculty and graduate students represent a diverse community within which a wide range of perspectives, approaches and research strategies is accommodated. The faculty has long been recognized nationally and internationally for outstanding contributions to geography and beyond. Many graduate students have gone on to prominence within government, industry, and academia and some of the most influential names in geography received their training in Madison.

The department offers a Master of Science in geography; a master of science in cartography and geographic information systems (including an online-only, non-thesis named option titled GIS development); and a doctor of philosophy in geography. The department also offers a capstone certificate in geographic information systems for students not currently enrolled in a UW–Madison graduate degree program. Graduate students at the M.S. level are expected to acquire a broad foundation in geography in addition to specializing in one or more areas of concentration. (Students pursuing the GIS development option in cartography/GIS focus on GIS and web map programming skills to bring to the workforce.) Students who earn the M.S. degree are prepared to continue on for the Ph.D., or for applied positions in government agencies, planning organizations, environmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry.

Learning outcomes

  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in geography.
  • Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in geography.
  • Demonstrates understanding of geography in a historical, social, or global context
  • Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate methodologies and practices.
  • Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in geography.
  • Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to geography
  • Recognizes and applies principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Geography, M.S..

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$25,506.00 (18,69,574) per year

From

02 Sep

Venue

College of Letters and Science

South Hall, 1055 Bascom Mall,

University of Wisconsin–Madison,

MADISON,

Wisconsin,

53706, United States

Entry requirement for international students

International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.

English Language Requirement

Minimum TOEFL requirement: 92 internet (iBT); 580 paper-based test (PBT)

Minimum IELTS requirement: 7.0

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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