What will I learn?

If you’re interested in understanding the world, geography may be for you. Geography provides a framework for comprehending the world and a universal language to communicate knowledge and perspective that is useful in almost every field of study. Geographers study the relationships between environments and human activity, exploring the form, function and perceptions of places and spaces and how they interact and change. Knowledge of geography is essential for understanding the contemporary world because many of the defining issues of our times — climate change, globalization, political conflict, natural resource management, runaway urban growth — are fundamentally geographic in nature.


With small class sizes, personalized advising by department faculty and opportunities for independent study, you’ll receive a high degree of individual attention as a geography student here. We emphasize hands-on learning, and our students have interned at places as varied as forest services, global relief organizations and planning commissions. We also encourage study abroad and have had students participate in programs in countries including China, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and Vietnam. A geography degree from UNH will prepare you for a variety of careers or professional and graduate degrees.


Community development worker
Environmental consultant
Environmental/social science teacher
Geospatial data analysts
International aid worker
Market research analyst
Natural resources manager
Real estate
Urban/regional/transportation planner


The geography major provides undergraduates with a solid foundation in geography by uniting social and biophysical sciences, humanities and technology to examine the factors that make a place or environment unique. Connecting academic inquiry to real-world problem solving, you will develop critical thinking skills and be prepared to transfer classroom and field experience into a wide range of careers.

With interests ranging from globalization to climate change and sustainability, urbanization to community development at home and abroad, UNH geography graduates have gone on to careers in urban, regional and transportation planning, community development, environmental conservation and natural resources management, sustainability science, geographic information science, market research, locational analysis, population studies, foreign aid, international diplomacy and education.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (128 hours)

Tuition fees
US$33,760.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

25 January 2022


University of New Hampshire

105 Main Street,


New Hampshire,

03824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

For international students

Each student must have their official high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.

English Language Score:

Minimum TOEFL score is 80 (internet version), 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version); recommended minimum IELTS score is 6.5; recommend Duolingo score is 105 or higher.

Application Deadlines - Regular Decision (Fall) - February 1; Regular Decision (Spring) - October 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.