Master’s Degree in Geography – Enroll Online Now!

Graduate Students in the Master's Degree in Geography programWho needs a Master’s Degree in Geography from Marshall University? We have students who are AP Human Geography teachers, community college professors, GIS analysts, natural resource and environmental scientists as well as traditional research-based graduate students. Our degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Master of Arts in Geography

The Master of Arts in Geography (M.A.) is popular among 1) school teachers (especially those teaching AP Human Geography); 2) community college professors; 3) GIS analysts or those seeking a career in GIS; and 4) other professionals such as natural resource analysts and environmental scientists. The Master’s degree in Geography (M.A.) requires 34 credit hours and is offered 100% online.

Master of Science in Geography

The Master of Science in Geography (M.S.) is the traditional, research-based geography track. 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. The Master’s degree in Geography (M.S.) requires 34 credit hours.

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M.A. applicants should follow the admissions process described at www.marshall.edu/graduate. In addition, M.A. applicants must:

  • Submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and/or résumé with the graduate application;
  • Submit a letter of recommendation (either from an employer or faculty member) with the graduate application.

M.S. applicants should follow the admissions process described at www.marshall.edu/graduate. Potential M.S. applicants must contact the department to ensure that their thesis research interests are compatible with at least one faculty member. In addition, M.S. applicants must:

  • Submit a statement of purpose/research interest with the graduate application;
  • Submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and/or résumé with the graduate application;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (from employers or faculty members) with the graduate application;
  • Submit GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores with the graduate application;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 OR minimum GRE scores of Verbal greater than or equal to 150 and Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 and Writing greater than or equal to 4.5.

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Contact Dr. James Leonard about a graduate degree in Geography.
“God and my Master’s degree from Marshall landed me the position (GIS Analyst/Manager near Portland, OR).” ~ Mike, 2018

Master’s Degree in Geography Core Courses

Students must complete the following courses in Geography (see course descriptions or rotation schedule):

  • Any GEO GIScience course, typically GEO523 Cartography and GIS (3 credit hours) or GEO526 Principles of GIS (4 credit hours)
  • GEO540 Spatial Statistics and GIS (4 credit hours)
  • GEO 601 Colloquium in Geography (1 credit hour)
  • GEO615 Geographic Thought (3 credit hours)
  • GEO616 Geographical Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • GEO679 Applied Projects (4 credit hours)
  • GEO681 Thesis (M.S. only)

Master’s Degree in Geography Electives

Systematic Courses (see course descriptions or rotation schedule):
  • 501 Historical Geography
  • 505 Political Geography
  • 506 Population Geography
  • 510 Urban Geography
  • 524 Transportation Geography
  • 607 Economic Geography
  • 617 Seminar: Sustainable Transportation
Regional Courses (see course descriptions or rotation schedule):
  • 502 Geography of Appalachia
  • 504 Geography of Europe
  • 508 Geography of South and Middle America
  • 610-614 Regional Seminars
  • 623 Regions of North America
Techniques Courses (see course descriptions or rotation schedule):
  • 523 Cartography and GIS
  • 526 Principles of GIS
  • 529 GIS Location Analysis
  • 530 GIS Raster Analysis
  • 531 Principles of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
  • 532 Enterprise GIS
  • 533 GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies
  • 534 Flood Hazards and GIS
  • 554 Drones: Remote Sensing and GIS
  • 631 Advanced GIS
  • 634 GIS Databases and Programming
  • Internship 690
Environmental Studies Courses (see course descriptions or rotation schedule):
  • 522 Environmental Geography
  • 525 Climatology
  • 560 Weather Analysis
  • 617 Seminar: Weather
  • 620 Conservation

Graduate Minors in Geography

Graduate students pursuing degrees in other disciplines can choose from four different Graduate Minors in Geography. See a Geography department advisor for more information.

  • Regional Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing