College of Liberal Arts

Geography and Environmental Planning (M.A.)

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Geography and Environmental Planning?

Towson's graduate program in geography and environmental planning combines a comprehensive study of physical and human geography with an emphasis on applied global skills and geographic techniques. The M.A. program prepares graduates for positions in the public and private sector that demand expert knowledge and skills in applied geographic methods and technologies. Students who plan to pursue doctoral work gain a solid foundation in theory and practice and develop their own research projects through the program's thesis option.

Choose Your Specialty

While completing comprehensive course work in physical and human geography, you will focus on more specialized topics of study-General Geography or Environmental Geography and Planning. Topics include the following:
  • Area studies
  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Environmental and urban planning
  • Environmental assessment
  • Energy resources
  • Policy issues
  • Urban studies

A Flexible Approach

Depending on your academic interests and professional goals, you can choose between the program's thesis and non-thesis option. Thesis students work closely with an adviser to plan, develop and complete a 6-unit thesis project. Non-thesis students present a research paper before the graduate faculty or at an approved professional meeting. Convenient late afternoon, evening and summer classes are offered.

Great Facilities

Take advantage of the department's state-of-the-art facilities, including a computer laboratory, physical geography laboratory and automated weather station. The computer lab provides students with access to individual workstations, updated hardware and the latest versions of GIS-related software.

More resources and opportunities are available through the department's Geospatial Research and Education (GRE) Laboratory. The laboratory, which is directed by Dr. John Morgan III, supports faculty and graduate student research, geographic education projects, university service and community outreach activities. The GRE Laboratory and the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning participate in the USGS's AmericaView program and perform research contracts work for NASA.


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