Graduate Programs

The Department offers a master of science (M.S.) degree in Geography, a M.S. in Land Use Planning Policy and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography.

Students should read the Graduate School section of the catalog and request information from the department.

  • The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015 for the Fall 2015 semester

Current Graduate Students

The department has 34 graduate students pursuing master's and doctorate degrees.


Interested in a Teaching Assistantship?

Fill out an application. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following Fall semester.


Ph.D. and Master of Science in Geography

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A number of programs and institutions are affiliated with the department's graduate program. DRI, an internationally recognized center for atmospheric science, biology, energy, quaternary science, and water resources research has close ties with the department.

Exceptional facilities for the analysis of remotely sensed data are available to geography students through a program at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.

A wide variety of entities on campus which provide valuable resources to graduate students, including: the Biological Resources Research Center, the Nevada Agricultural Experimental Station, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, the Nevada Historical Society, the Nevada Humanities Committee, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the National Judicial College, and offices for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Center and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Master of Science in Land Use Planning Policy (LUPP)

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The Department of Geography offers a graduate program leading to a master of science (M.S.) degree in Land Use Planning Policy aimed at preparing students for planning research or professional practice.

The Land Use Planning Policy program curriculum is multi-disciplinary, taking full advantage of a wide-range of planning and planning-related courses offered in Geography and in over twenty other disciplines campus-wide.

It offers emphases in three critical sub-fields of land use planning and stresses in all areas a holistic policy approach for addressing the planning challenges of the twenty-first century.

All other requirements are specified in the Graduate School section of the University Catalog.

How to Apply

Acceptance into the program is based on the undergraduate GPA (a minimum of 3.0 is normally required) or graduate GPA for the Ph.D. program, GRE scores, letter of intent and letters of recommendation.

  • Materials to be submitted directly to the Graduate School:

    1. Completed graduate admission application form (with fees); this must be submitted electronically. Apply Online
    2. Official copy of GRE scores
    3. Official college transcripts (a Master's degree in Geography or a related discipline is required for the PhD program)

  • Materials to be submitted to Department Graduate Program Director:

    1. One to two page statement of purpose and goals
    2. Three sealed recommendation letters


Dr. Scott Bassett
Graduate Program Director
Department of Geography / 0154
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557-0154