What will I learn?

The geography program will prepare you for a career focusing on tourism and its relationship to a place. Your classes will focus on sustainable development, eco-tourism and research as you prepare to present your findings. You’ll have the opportunity to pick electives that match your career goals where you can pick between courses in tourism development, land use, GIS, community heritage, regional and environmental planning and community development.

Plan A: Thesis exam requires 30 credits.

Plan B: Starred Paper and comprehensive exam requires 32 credits.

Program Highlights

  • Two graduate assistantship positions sponsored each year.
  • Emphasis and graduate certificate also available in Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Small class sizes with professors dedicated to one-on-one mentoring.
  • Classroom leadership opportunities
  • Opportunity to study abroad including research opportunities in countries such as Russia and China
  • State-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems lab

Which department am I in?

School of Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (30-32 credits)

Tuition fees
US$12,444.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2021

Venue

School of Public Affairs

365 Stewart Hall,

St. Cloud State University 720 Fourth Avenue South,

ST CLOUD,

Minnesota,

56301, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned and have a transcript undergraduate degree before you begin master-level coursework and a transcript graduate degree before you begin post-master or doctoral-level coursework. An applicant must meet ONE of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies: Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work. Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work. An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

For international students

An applicant must meet one of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work.
  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work.

An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

English Language Requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based exam with no sub score below 17, or a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based exam.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Test only; General Training test not accepted)
  • A score of 57 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (pilot project.)

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

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