Geography Graduate Program
NEW! One year MA program. The Master of Arts in Geography requires 30 credit hours. Our Accelerated Master's Program (sometimes called 4+1 program) lets Marshall seniors skip some electives and take graduate courses while a senior. Apply now! (click Admissions). See more information about the Masters degrees in Geography below.
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Graduate Handbook (beginning fall 2011)
Master's Degree in Geography
The Geography Department offers a supportive atmosphere featuring responsive, accomplished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. The faculty maintains a flexible curriculum, involves students in research, keeps offerings updated with changes in the field and the job market, and helps students obtain internships. As a result, many of our students secure employment as professional geographers before graduation. Master’s degree students are trained in the traditions and methods of geography including the latest geo-spatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS).
Career options for geographers are as varied as the landscape itself. Our graduates have taken their degrees into the workplace around the world, but many have been successful in finding employment in the local region as well. Some of the fields that our graduates are employed in include: Cartography, Disaster Response, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Flood Prevention, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professions, Higher Education, Historic Preservation, Homeland Security, International Business, Military Intelligence, Natural Resources Management, Public Health Planning, Public Education, Real Estate, Regional and Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Tourism Planning and Marketing, Water/Waste Infrastructure Management.
Students wishing to earn a master’s degree in geography have the option of selecting either a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Both the M.S. and M.A. degree options prepare the graduate for professional employment or advanced work at the doctoral level. Because M.S. students are required to complete a thesis, the M.S. option is the best choice for students wishing to engage in geographical research projects or in preparation for entrance into a doctoral program.
M.A. applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions Web site: www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissionsrequirements.asp.
M.S. applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions Web site: www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissionsrequirements.asp. In addition, M.S. applicants must:
Research or teaching assistantships are available: Graduate Assistant Application. For more information about graduate assistantships or other financial support at Marshall University, please see the Graduate College website (click Costs and Aid).
Candidates for the master’s degree must meet the general requirements for the Graduate College and either complete a thesis with a minimum of 33 total credits (M.S.) or comprehensive exams with a minimum of 30 total credits (M.A.).
Required Courses (M.A.)
Of the 30 credit hours required for the M.A., at least 15 must be at the 600-level. Of the 30 credit hours, at least 24 must be GEO courses. Some electives from other departments may be taken to complement GEO courses, with permission of the graduate advisor.
Required Courses (M.S.)
Of the 33 credit hours required for the M.S., at least 17 must be at the 600-level. Of the 33 credit hours, at least 27 must be GEO courses. Some electives from other departments may be taken to complement GEO courses, with permission of the graduate advisor.
What courses should you take and when during your Geography Master's Degree? How will you write your thesis? What are the comprehensive exams like? We hope our
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Graduate Minors in Geography
Students who minor in graduate Geography should choose a minimum of six hours of appropriate courses from one of the specialties below in consultation with their major faculty advisor and a Geography faculty advisor.
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