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Students walk past totems on a mountain top


The Department of Geography offers two programs for students seeking a master's degree — a Master of Science in geography and an accelerated Master of Science — plus a program to earn a Ph.D. in geospatial and environmental analysis, as well as a graduate certificate in geospatial science. 


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    Master of Science in Geography

    The M.S. in geography is a two-year program with emphasis on research and collaboration between faculty members and graduate students. There are thesis and non-thesis options.

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    Accelerated M.S.
    Accelerated M.S.

    The accelerated M.S. in geography allows students to earn a master's degree in one year, as long as it is the year immediately following the completion of their bachelor's degree. Students apply to the program in their third year of undergraduate study and courses selected in the final year can count toward both degrees.

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    Doctoral GEA Program

    The doctoral geospatial and environmental analysis program focuses on geographic information systems, the global positioning system, remote sensing, and imagery analysis. Environmental analysis in this program is broadly defined from rural/natural to urban/human environments. The program can be a collaboration with other departments in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.