Why Virginia Tech’s Department of Geography? Apply Online Now
We are a student-centered department with 20 faculty members and a full-time professional academic advisor all dedicated to your success. We have award winning instructors who teach exciting classes at the cutting edge of geographical, geospatial, and meteorological sciences. Our faculty are research intensive and regularly publish in scientific journals and compete for research grant funding. You will receive personalized mentoring and unique opportunities to conduct research with our accomplished faculty as part of your thesis work. Our graduates find successful placement in the private, public, and non-profit sectors while others successfully opt to pursue a Ph.D.
- M.S. Geography Course Listings and Degree Requirements (thesis and non-thesis options)
- Current course offerings can be found on the Timetable of Classes
Why the M.S. in Geography?
- Geography Occupational Data (from Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Career Profiles in Geography
- Geospatial Revolution (trailer and access to full set of videos)
- Geography Catapults Onto the World Stage
- Geography Career Videos
- What Geographers Do
- Geography Can Take You There
We offer a selected number of competitive Graduate Teaching Assistantships
- Full tuition remission, a $16,000 9-month stipend ($16,500 in year two), and health insurance option
- Teaching Assistant duty for 20 hours/week
- Individual faculty may have external grant funding to support students as a Research Assistant
Application Process (Deadline January 15) Apply Online Now
- Visit faculty websites to identify those with common interests and contact them to discuss your interest in the M.S. program
- Arrange a visit to the department (if possible)
- Contact Graduate Director Dr. Luke Juran with questions or to discuss the program
- Complete the Graduate School’s online application
Advice on Application Process
- Graduate School Admissions website
- We pay careful attention to the “Academic and Professional Goals Statement,” so be prepared to address the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend graduate school and why are you qualified to do so?
- What do you expect to derive from the program?
- What is your research concentration area?
- What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently a professional?
- Which faculty member(s) are you interested in working with?
- References: At least two of the three letters should come from faculty members (if you have not been a student recently, letters from employers are acceptable)
- GRE scores are not required but should be reported if the exam was taken.
- TOEFL and IELTS scores are required for international students whose first language is not English, except for those who graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction
- A writing sample such as a research paper, undergraduate thesis, or poster presentation is required
- Unofficial transcripts are required (official transcripts are required only if accepted)
- Deadlines: January 15 to receive full consideration for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, though applications can be submitted and will be accepted after January 15 (to begin in the spring, applications are due October 15)