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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Geography is designed for individuals pursuing careers in environmental planning, monitoring, and advocacy; in resource management; in geographic techniques; in community college teaching; or for individuals preparing for doctoral work in geography. The graduate curriculum ensures all students have a grounding in both physical and human geography and offers opportunities for specialization in physical geography, natural resource management, environmental studies, regional geography, and techniques. The Concentration in Resource Management and Environmental Planning provides the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out impact analysis, plan formulation and implementation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competence in understanding and critically evaluating geographic and related information and literature.
  • Design and complete an effective graduate level thesis or research project, demonstrating mastery in qualitative or quantitative analysis of a resource management and environmental planning research question.
  • Communicate effectively with peers and professionals within their field, exhibiting strong analytical writing, visual, and oral presentation skills.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,210.00 per year
Application deadline

30 November 2021

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and the equivalent major coursework for the program area to which application is made.

For international students

For unconditional admission to the M.A. program in Geography, a student must have completed an undergraduate major in geography with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major. An applicant with a GPA of 3.25 or better in a major other than geography may qualify for admission as a conditionally classified graduate student.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

For Fall admission: Rolling admissions beginning with applications submitted by April 15; For Spring admission: Apply by November 30.

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


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