Master’s of Arts

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Students in our Master of Arts program focus on a range of topics within human, environmental, and physical geography. There are two required courses in the M.A. program: one in geographic research design (Geog. 700) and the other in geographic theory (Geog. 701). Beyond this, with the help of a faculty advisor, M.A. students develop a program of study designed to support a thesis research topic. Diverse faculty interests make possible a wide variety of specializations in human, environmental and physical geography.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

  • A minimum of 30 units of courses numbered 500 or above as approved by the geography department master’s advising committee. At least 24 of these units must be from the geography department.
  • A minimum of 18 of the 30 units of coursework must be 600- or 700-level courses.
  • Geography 700 and 701, normally taken during the first two semesters.
  • Completion of Geography 799A (Thesis).