The M.S. in Geography is a two-year program of study that allows students to pursue advanced coursework across a range of subfields of geography (see Department research areas) while conducting independent research or a professional project in coordination with a faculty adviser. Two degree plans are available: Plan A (31 credits) includes a thesis on original research; Plan B (36 credits) replaces the thesis with a professional paper.
The Ph.D. in Geography is a specialized, research-focused degree that prepares students for professional careers in academia, government, private industry and non-profit sectors – with alumni represented in each of these. The program trains students to design and carry out original research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students complete a minimum of 72 credits, of which a maximum of 24 can be transferred from the master’s degree. In the first two years of the program students generally take coursework in their area of specialty and prepare for the comprehensive examination. Students then research, write, and defend their dissertation, enrolling in a minimum of 24 dissertation credits.