Degree Requirements

General Information

We offer two routes for earning a master’s degree; in addition, we offer one graduate minor. Students may earn a Master of Applied Geography (MAG) using the Thesis Option (i.e., the traditional route), which entails the completion of coursework and the writing and defense of a master’s thesis. The master’s thesis is a piece of original scholarship developed under the direction of an advisor and typically two thesis committee members.

Students may also earn a Master of Applied Geography (MAG) using the Residency Option (i.e., the alternative route), which entails the completion of coursework, the writing of a residency report, and the passing of a final exam. The residency report is a document developed during an internship or residency under the direction of a field supervisor at an agency or firm.

Finally, the Graduate Minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) is designed for non-geography graduate students who are interested in supplementing their primary degree program with substantial expertise in geospatial sciences and technologies.

Degrees