Geographic Information Science (Master's)
Working closely with a dedicated faculty that is recognized nationally and internationally for its research, mentoring, and teaching accomplishments, students embark on a journey of professional development that includes research and teaching opportunities. The department also hosts or plays key roles in several international, national, and university-wide research centers.
Students learn theories and real-world problem-solving skills in environmental, physical, and human geography, geographic information sciences, and geographic education.
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“The personal commitment of the faculty to each individual student promotes academic self-growth, and the program's holistic approach to geography allows students to prepare for professional paths suited to their interests and aspirations.”
— Laura Engells, M.A.Geo. ’16
The M.A.Geo program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to solve real-world problems with a geographical dimension. Students complete 33 credit hours, including core and skills courses, as well as electives in one of four areas of specialization: general geography, geography resource, and environmental studies, geographic information science, or geographic education (100% online). A research paper is required to complete the degree.
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Our master’s students have been recognized with research awards and academic scholarships at the international, national and regional levels, and have pursued professional careers or joined doctoral programs at Texas State and elsewhere.
The mission of the Department of Geography is to offer students educational experiences of the highest quality and to conduct meaningful and vital research. The department is committed to outstanding teaching and scholarly activities within the framework of academic freedom and the diversity of ideas and is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and to public service. The department stresses the theoretical and applied realms of geography in all of its curricula, leads the discipline with innovative applied work, and actively seeks to recruit top students nationally and internationally.
Full-time faculty members conduct research in physical, human, and environmental geography, geographic education, and geographic information sciences, and publish in top-tier journals, including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Physical Geography, the International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences, and the Journal of Geography. Faculty research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, among other funding agencies.
M.A.Geo graduates typically pursue professional careers in environmental management, GIScience, physical and environmental geography, and planning. Alumni work in the private or public sector, in federal agencies or research centers, or have continued to the Ph.D. level.
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 3.2 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
- background course work
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Once admitted, M.A.Geo. students wishing to transfer to the M.S. program must complete nine graduate hours with a 3.6 GPA or better and work with the graduate advisor to determine eligibility of transfer.
- statement of purpose identifying your preferred degree and concentration and possible areas of research
- three letters of recommendation
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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
- official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
- official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
- minimum individual module scores of 6.0
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
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