College of Liberal Arts

Geography and Environmental Planning (M.A.)

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Planning has two tracks: Track 1 General Geography, and Track 2 Environmental Geography and Planning. Each track has a thesis and non-thesis plan. Students in the Environmental Geography and Planning Track must select at least one-half of their electives from planning, spatial analysis or techniques courses.

  • All degree candidates must meet with their academic advisers to file intended programs of study. This should be done prior to, or during, the first term of course work. The program can be amended in consultation with the adviser.
  • Successful completion of GEOG 375/516 Quantitative Methods in Geography, or an approved equivalent, plus at least one other approved course in computer techniques, statistics or mathematics. This may be completed prior to admission to the program.
  • All graduate students must complete the following core courses, preferably during the first year of graduate study: GEOG 601 (Seminar on Geographical Perspectives) and GEOG 621 (Research Techniques)
  • One 600-level human geography seminar. This does not include planning or techniques courses.
  • One 600-level physical or environmental geography seminar. This does not include planning or techniques courses.

Plan A: Master of Arts with Thesis (minimum 36 units)

  • Required courses (12 units)
  • GEOG 898 Thesis (6 units)
  • Elective courses (18 units)

Plan B: Master of Arts without Thesis (minimum 36 units)

  • Required courses (12 units)
  • Elective courses (24 units)
  • Graduate research paper. Students should work closely with a member of the graduate faculty on independent research and then present the paper to the graduate faculty. If the paper is judged unacceptable, the student may re-present the paper at a later date set by the faculty.

For information on all matters related to admissions, fees, or registration, please contact the Graduate School.







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