Department of Geography
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|Degree||Specialization||Hours||Thesis Option||Minor Option|
|M.S.||General||30 hours||Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.Geo||General||33 hours||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.Geo||Geographic Education||33 hours||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.Geo||Geographic Information Science||33 hours||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|M.A.Geo||Geography Resource & Environmental Studies||33 hours||Non-Thesis||No minor|
|Fall Semester - Priority||† February 1||February 1|
|Fall Semester||∞ May 1||April 15|
|Spring Semester||∞ October 15||October 1|
|Summer||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer Midterm||No Admission||No Admission|
Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.
∞This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.
In order to be considered for scholarship and fellowship funding opportunities, applications must be completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline. Please note that the application for this program will be available on ApplyTexas until the Standard Application Deadline date.
The Geography program has a rolling admissions process in which a Graduate Admissions Committee considers completed applications as they arrive. An admission decision should be made within three to four weeks, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.
|Please visit http://www.geo.txstate.edu/degrees-programs/graduate.html for more information regarding this program.|
Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.
The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.
Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.
An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.
Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.
Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received. For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to email@example.com. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):
Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684
All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. For the MAGeo program, a minimum of a 3.2 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate work) is required.
For the MS program, a minimum of a 3.4 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required.
Note: students accepted to the MAGeo program may transfer to the MS program upon completion of nine graduate hours with a 3.6 GPA or better. Students will work with the graduate advisor to determine eligibility of transfer.
Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades. The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed. For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades. If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.
The MAGeo Geography program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 300 (verbal and quanitative combined). If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, a preferred score of 1000 (V&Q combined) will be considered. The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College. The college code for Texas State is 006667. The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/gre. Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.
The MS Geography program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 303 (verbal and quantitative combined). If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, a preferred score of 1100 (V&Q combined) will be considered. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College. The college code for Texas State is 006667. The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/gre. Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.
English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:
Note: This program does not allow English--based conditional admission ("Bridge") based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants must submit the required scores for regular admission listed above.
Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at https://tim.txstate.edu/gadocumentupload/. Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.
If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.