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Department of Geography

Graduate Degree Requirements

Master of Applied Geography (MAG), Thesis Option
Master of Applied Geography (MAG), Residency (Non-Thesis) Option
Graduate Minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T)
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General Information

For additional information on geography graduate studies at NMSU, explore our Graduate Program links in the navigation menu to the left.


Master of Applied Geography (MAG), Thesis Option (Back to Top)

Once a MAG degree-seeking applicant has been admitted to the NMSU Graduate School and the Department of Geography MAG Program, s/he can begin completing the following requirements for earning a MAG degree.

Undergraduate Preparation

While an undergraduate degree in geography is not required of our graduate students, all geography graduate students are required to have fundamental knowledge and skills in physical geography, human geography, and cartography. More specifically, all of our graduate students are required to have completed the following NMSU undergraduate courses or their equivalents:

  • GEOG 111, Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 120, Culture and Environment
  • GEOG 281, Map Use and Analysis

Students who do not satisfy one or more of these course prerequisites must clear the corresponding course deficiencies within the first year of enrollement as geography graduate students.

Unit, Course, and Grade Requirements

The MAG program aims at offering students flexibility in designing their desired course of graduate study while at the same time ensuring that all students have a fundamental level of geographic compentence at the graduate level. To that end, all MAG-Thesis candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, including 6 thesis credits, at least 15 credits from courses numbered 500 and above, and at least 15 graduate credits in geography. All candidates are moreover required to maintain an overall GPA or 3.00 or higher. Finally, all candidates must earn a grade of B- or better in the following required geography graduate courses:

  • GEOG 501, Research Design and History of Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 585, Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • One Grad-Level GIS course either prior to entering the program or before graduation

Note: In addition to the core geography graduate courses listed above and those courses a student wishes to take as electives, a student's committee may ask a student to make up deficiencies in additional areas (e.g., statistics, word processing, spreadsheet analysis and modeling, or database management) of critical relevance to the student's successful completition of his or her thesis research.

The MAG Thesis Requirement

Students seeking a thesis-based MAG degree have to develop, execute, and write a master's thesis and successfully defend that thesis. The thesis process and associated products will vary among students because students work on unique projects and with unique thesis committees. However, to fulfill the MAG thesis requirement, students have to ensure that they 1) follow all guidelines established by the Graduate School and by the Department of Geography and 2) meet the demands of the thesis advisor and committee members. See the following links for additional information:

Other Information


Master of Applied Geography (MAG), Residency (Non-Thesis) Option (Back to Top)

Once a MAG degree-seeking applicant has been admitted to the NMSU Graduate School and the Department of Geography MAG Program, s/he can begin completing the following requirements for earning a MAG degree.

Undergraduate Preparation

While an undergraduate degree in geography is not required of our graduate students, all geography graduate students are required to have fundamental knowledge and skills in physical geography, human geography, and cartography. More specifically, all of our graduate students are required to have completed the following NMSU undergraduate courses or their equivalents:

  • GEOG 111, Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 120, Culture and Environment
  • GEOG 281, Map Use and Analysis

Students who do not satisfy one or more of these course prerequisites must clear the corresponding course deficiencies within the first year of enrollement as geography graduate students.

Unit, Course, and Grade Requirements

The MAG program aims at offering students flexibility in designing their desired course of graduate study while at the same time ensuring that all students have a fundamental level of geographic compentence at the graduate level. To that end, all MAG-Residency candidates are required to complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits, including 3 residency credits, at least 15 credits from courses numbered 500 and above, and at least 15 graduate credits in geography. All candidates are moreover required to maintain an overall GPA or 3.00 or higher. Finally, all candidates must earn a grade of B- or better in the following required geography graduate courses:

  • GEOG 501, Research Design and History of Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 585, Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • One Grad-Level GIS course either prior to entering the program or before graduation

Note: In addition to the core geography graduate courses listed above and those courses a student wishes to take as electives, a student's committee may ask a student to make up deficiencies in additional areas (e.g., statistics, word processing, spreadsheet analysis and modeling, or database management) of critical relevance to the student's successful completition of his or her thesis research.

The MAG Residency Requirement

Students seeking a residency-based MAG degree have to complete a residency project, write a residency report that is approved by both the student's sponsor and residency committee, and successfully pass an oral exam. The residency process and associated products will vary among students because students work on unique projects with unique sponsors and unique residency committees. However, to fulfill the MAG residency requirement, students have to ensure that they 1) follow all guidelines established by the Graduate School and by the Department of Geography and 2) meet the demands of both the sponsor and the residency advisor and committee members. See the following links for additional information:

Other Information


Graduate Minor in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) (Back to Top)

The Graduate Minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) is available for all interested graduate students at New Mexico State University, regardless of major. Students wishing to earn a Graduate Minor in GIS&T have to meet the requirements outlined below.

Course and Grade Requirements

All of the following courses:

  • GEOG 573, Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 578, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

Two of the following courses:

  • GEOG 521, GIS Applications and Modeling
  • GEOG 571, Cartography and GIS
  • GEOG 572, Geodatabase Design
  • GEOG 581, GIS Design
  • GEOG 582, Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 598, GIS and Water Resources

Notes:

  • For a class to count toward a student's minor, the student must earn a grade of B or better in that class.
  • Some of these courses may have prerequisites and/or require instructor approval; other geospatial courses may be substituted on a case-by-case basis with written approval.

For a *.pdf version of the Graduate Minor in GIS&T requirements, click here.

Please consult the Graduate Catalog and/or contact your major department concerning all other degree requirements.