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Master's program frequently asked questions

The following is a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the Geography master's program at SDSU.

Admission Requirements and Funding

Q. Are there any undergraduate-course prerequisites to the Master's program in Geography?

A. Students without extensive geography coursework in their undergraduate programs may have to satisfy deficiencies in geography. Such determinations are made upon the student’s acceptance into the program and will be communicated with them prior to enrollment.

Q. Do you conditionally admit students who don't have GRE scores submitted prior to the application deadline?

A. No. GRE scores must be submitted before a candidate can be considered for admission.

Q. Can I postpone beginning my program beyond the semester for which I've been admitted?

A. There is no protocol for postponing admission. If you don't enroll for at least one course in the semester for which you are admitted, you will have to reapply for admission to the Graduate Division.

Q. Requirements for admission include a minimum general score of 300 (1000 for the old test) on the combined verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and a grade point average above 3.0. Are these requirements rigidly enforced?

A. Exceptions are sometimes (but rarely) approved by the Master's Advising Committee. An exception might be made, for example, for an applicant who has a qualifying GPA minimally below 3.0, has no program deficiencies, and has superior GRE scores and letters of recommendation. However, students with GPA below 3.0 will not be eligible for funding via a Graduate Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship.

Q. What types of funding are available?

A. A limited number of graduate assistantships (GA) and teaching assistantships (TA) are available each year.  GAships are normally for one year, include a stipend and sometimes fees, and involve working for one or more professors on tasks that could include research or grading.  GAships are sometimes renewed for a second year pending funding.  TAships are normally for two years, include a stipend and fees, and are for teaching 2 sections of Geography 101 labs.  The TAships normally require a background in physical geography, geology, or other environmental science.  Both GA and TAships are for 20 hours per week for 16 weeks. You may not have other outside employment in the same semester(s) as your GA or TAship. 

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