Online Geography Master’s Degree

Oblique aerial image with GIS overlay; you can learn GIS skills as you pursue your online geography master's degree
Oblique aerial image with GIS overlay.

Ready to move to the next level? Change career directions? Continuing education?  Teacher of AP Human Geography?  Earn your Geography Master's Degree 100% online from Marshall University!

  • Flexible schedule.  Learn from anywhere. With online courses, you never need to come to campus. You can work from the comfort of your home.
  • Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • All Geography courses required to complete your degree are offered online.
  • Learn the latest geospatial technologies – GIS and Remote Sensing.
  • Flexible curriculum – you choose your elective courses (with help from an advisor) in addition to the core courses.
  • Transfer credits that you’ve already earned at other schools.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Start the program in summer, fall, or spring, whenever you are ready!
  • Official catalog description of the MA Geography program.

No matter your location, you can earn your Online Geography Master’s Degree at Marshall.  Family and work obligations?  No problem and no need to show up in a classroom.  Your academic advisor will be a Geography faculty member to help you meet all requirements and answer questions about the program. We work with you to customize your learning experience and help you graduate on your schedule. You’ll not find a more affordable, fully accredited program anywhere!

This broad program offers physical and human geography, geospatial information systems, and geographical research to prepare you for a plethora of career fields such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cartography, Meteorology, Environmental Science, Planning and Development, Business/Marketing Location, Natural Resource Management, and Geographic Education especially AP Human Geography.

Courses are designed and taught using the latest technology tools by Geography full-time faculty members who have Ph.D.’s in the field.   Access the full support resources of Marshall while pursuing a master’s degree in geography online: software licenses (e.g., ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine), research libraries, English Writing Center, information technology support, and CareerEducation. See http://www.marshall.edu/muonline for more information about online learning at Marshall.

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Geography Core Courses:
  • Any GEO GIScience course, such as GEO523 or GEO526 – 3-4 credits (you must have a PC running Windows with these minimum specifications)
  • GEO540 Spatial Statistics and GIS – 4 credits (fall)
  • GEO601 Colloquium in Geography – 1 credit (fall)
  • GEO615 Geographic Thought – 3 credits (fall)
  • GEO616 Geographical Research Methods – 3 credits (spring)
  • GEO679 Portfolio and Career Profile – 4 credits (spring/summer)

In addition to completing the core, choose from the following available online courses:

  • GEO502 Appalachia – 3 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO504 Europe – 3 credits (summer)
  • GEO505 Political – 3 credits (summer)
  • GEO506 Population – 3 credits (every other spring)
  • GEO508 Middle and South America – 3 credits (summer)
  • GEO522 Environmental Geography – 3 credits (every other spring)
  • GEO523 Cartography and GIS – 3 credits(fall/summer)
  • GEO524 Transportation Geography – 3 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO525 Climatology – 4 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO526 Principles of GIS – 4 credits (fall/spring/summer)
  • GEO527 Principles of GIS 2 – 4 credits (summer)
  • GEO529 Location Analysis – 4 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO530 Environmental Raster GIS – 4 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO531 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry – 4 credits (spring)
  • GEO550 Extreme Weather – 4 credits (fall/summer)
  • GEO560 Weather Analysis – 4 credits (every other fall and summer)
  • GEO607 Economic Development – 3 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO617 Seminar: Sustainable Transportation – 3 credits (every other fall)
  • GEO618 Seminar: Weather – 3 credits (summer)
  • GEO620 Conservations Geography – 3 credits (every other spring)
  • GEO623 Regions of North America – 3 credits (summer)
  • GEO690 Internship in Geography – 3 credits (spring/summer/fall)

The Master of Arts in Geography (M.A.) requires 34 credit hours, 17 of which must be at the 600-level.

Do you have what it takes?

To be successful in a 100% online learning environment, you should be:

  • Self-motivated, independent learner with good time management skills
  • Comfortable with technology and communicating in a virtual environment
  • For technology (GIS/RS) courses, you must have a PC running Windows with these minimum specifications

 

See the latest Graduate Catalog for more complete information about degree requirements. To get started in the online geography degree completion program, apply online.

MUOnline is the real deal in Higher Education!
  • Over 150 online courses are offered each term taught by Full-time Marshall professors
  • Access to course resources anytime from any place; Blackboard technical support provided 24/7 via chat, phone, or email
  • Distance students can obtain their entire degrees completely online and are eligible for a distance tuition and fee rate regardless of residency status that is similar to in-state resident tuition. Scroll down to view “DISTANCE” fees on this page: http://www.marshall.edu/tuition/
  • An array of student support resources are also provided online such as advising, career services, the bookstore, financial aid, the Writing Center, IT Service Desk, access to the library/librarians and more! http://www.marshall.edu/muonline/student-resources/campus-services/
  • Online Courses follow the Quality Matters rubric and comply with the eight essential standards for course development and delivery.

 

Master’s Degree in Geography Tracks

Here are some suggested tracks you could pursue, or you could always mix and match to suit your interest! In each case, choose enough courses to get to 34 credits minimum (including your core courses) with at least 17 credits at the 600-level.

AP Human Geography Educator Track:
  • 505 Political Geography
  • 506 Population Geography
  • 508 Geography of South and Middle America
  • 510 Urban Geography
  • 518 Geography for Educators
  • 522 Environmental Geography
  • 523 Cartography and GIS
  • 607 Economic Geography
  • 619 Seminar: Urban Revitalization
Physical Geography Track:
  • 522 Environmental Geography
  • 525 Climatology
  • 534 Flood Hazards and GIS
  • 560 Weather Analysis
  • 618 Seminar: Weather
  • 620 Conservation
  • Elective from Environmental Science (ES) or Geology (GLY) or Biology (BSC)
GIScience Track:
  • 523 Cartography and GIS
  • 526 Principles of GIS
  • 527 Principles of GIS 2
  • 529 GIS Location Analysis
  • 530 Environmental Raster GIS
  • 531 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
  • 532 Enterprise GIS
  • 533 GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies
  • 534 Flood Hazards and GIS
  • 554 Drones: Remote Sensing and GIS
  • 690 Internship
Location Analysis Track:
  • 510 Urban Geography
  • 524 Transportation Geography
  • 526 Principles of GIS
  • 527 Principles of GIS 2
  • 529 GIS Location Analysis
  • 533 GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies
  • 607 Economic Geography
  • 690 Internship
Environmental Analysis Track:
  • 522 Environmental Geography
  • 526 Principles of GIS
  • 527 Principles of GIS 2
  • 530 Environmental Raster GIS
  • 531 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
  • 534 Flood Hazards and GIS
  • 554 Drones: Remote Sensing and GIS
  • 620 Conservation
Urban and Regional Analysis Track:
  • 506 Population Geography
  • 508 Geography of South and Middle America
  • 510 Urban Geography
  • 524 Transportation Geography
  • 607 Economic Geography
  • 617 Seminar: Sustainable Transportation
  • 619 Seminar: Urban Revitalization
  • Elective from Political Science (PSC) dealing the Public Administration
Weather and Climate Track:
  • 525 Climatology
  • 531 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
  • 550 Extreme Weather
  • 560 Weather Analysis
  • 618 Seminar: Weather
  • 690 Internship
Human/Regional Geography Track:
  • 502 Geography of Appalachia
  • 504 Geography of Europe
  • 505 Political Geography
  • 506 Population Geography
  • 508 Geography of South and Middle America
  • 510 Urban Geography
  • 522 Environmental Geography
  • 524 Transportation Geography
  • 607 Economic Geography
  • 617 Seminar: Sustainable Transportation
  • 619 Seminar: Urban Revitalization
  • 620 Conservation
  • 623 Regions of North America

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