Geography, MA

for the degree of Master of Arts in Geography


Department Head: Dr. Shaowen Wang

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Brian Jefferson


website: ggis.illinois.edu

email: geography@illinois.edu

phone: (217) 333-1880

Office address:

2044 Natural History Building

1301 W. Green Street

Urbana, IL 61801
 

College of LAS website

Graduate College Admissions


Graduate Degree Programs in Geography & Geographic Information Science

Geography, MA

Geography, MS

concentrations:

Geographic Information Science - Professional Science Master's

Computational Science & Engineering

Geography, PhD

concentration:

Computational Science & Engineering


We offer a program leading to the Master of Arts in geography with the following specialization:

  • Cities, Space, and Society
    Urban health and quality of life; Urban governance and politics; Race, class, and city policing; Critical studies of urban transportation and mobilities; Global north and south; Neoliberalization


Admission

Students applying for admission to the master's program are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in geography and/or related disciplines. In addition to other Graduate College admission requirements, a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0) in the undergraduate major is required. GRE scores are not required or evaluated for admission to our graduate programs.

Assistantships and Fellowships

Geography graduate students are usually supported and receive tuition/fee waivers through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although previous teaching experience is not a Graduate College requirement, it is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program. We have implemented a professionalization program in our department, where graduate students work with faculty members to receive advice and gain first-hand experience in teaching undergraduate courses. Several graduate students have also served as lead instructor for several of our introductory undergraduate courses.

Map and Geography Library

The University Library has a substantial collection of geography books and journals. Most of the new and more recent books are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL); nearly all geography journals are available full-text through the University Library’s website. The Map Library holds a collection of over 626,000 maps and aerial photographs. Additionally, the Map Library houses an extensive collection of books on cartography and geographic information science and the University Library’s Scholarly Commons can help students locate and collect geospatial data.

for the degree of Master of Arts in Geography


For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.

Thesis Option

At least one course on geographic information systems (GIS) and related geospatial techniques
GEOG 471Recent Trends in Geog Thought4
GEOG 491Research in Geography2
Each student must also fulfill program requirements specific to his/her specialty area
GEOG 599Thesis Research (8 max applied toward degree)8
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
A maximum of 2 elective courses may be taken CR/NC.
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 16
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 (8 in Geog)
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

At least one course on geographic information systems (GIS) and related geospatial techniques
GEOG 471Recent Trends in Geog Thought4
GEOG 491Research in Geography2
Each student must also fulfill program requirements specific to his/her specialty area
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Some Geography program options do not allow the non-thesis Master's degree option. Contact the department for further details.
Two written research papers which address substantive research questions are required along with a comprehensive examination.
A maximum of 2 elective courses may be taken CR/NC.
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 16
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 (8 in Geog)
Minimum GPA: 3.0