Degrees and Options

Masters of Arts Degree Program:

The Master of Arts degree is offered with emphases in many sub fields of geography including GIS, remote sensing, physical (fluvial and glacial geomorphology, soils), political, urban, transportation, economic, and geographic education. The M.A. degree program is designed to be completed in four semesters. Both thesis (32-hr minimum) and non-thesis (38-hr minimum) tracks are available.

Funding Opportunities:

The Department has Graduate teaching and research Assistantships available for new students. For the 2011-2012 academic year, graduate stipends were $12,268 plus waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition. Many students are also awarded Graduate Tuition Scholarships that cover the in-state portion of tuition as well. February 1 is the application deadline for full consideration. Late applications may be considered pending availability of funds.

Admission and Application Information:

For regular admission into the M.A. program the Department requires an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate coursework are required), at least two letters of recommendation, and a two-page essay outlining interests in Geography, reasons for application to the MA program at the University of Northern Iowa, and future career goals. GRE scores are NOT required. For consideration for Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships, all application materials must be received by February 1. Otherwise, application materials for Fall semester should be received by July 1 and for Spring semester by November 1.

Thesis Plan (32 credit hours)
Required geography courses (14 hours total):
970:202 - Graduate Colloquium (1 hr.; must be taken twice)
970:280 - Seminar (3 hrs.)
970:294 - Nature of Geography and its Research Methodology (3 hrs.)
970:299 - Research (6 hrs)

Electives (18 hours total)
(At least 12 hours of these 18 must be in geography. At least 3 hours of these 18 hours must be at the 200-level. Cannot include 970:298. Additional hours of 970:299 cannot count toward the minimum 18 elective hours.) The elective courses should be approved in advance in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Advisor. Thesis required (presentation of proposal and defense of thesis required)

Non-Thesis Plan (38 credit hours)
Required geography courses (11 hours total):
970:202 - Graduate Colloquium (1 hr.; must be taken twice)
970:280 - Seminar (3 hrs.)
970:294 - Nature of Geography and its Research Methodology (3 hrs.)
970:298 - Directed Research Project (3 hrs)

Electives (27 hours total)
(At least 15 hours of these 27 must be in geography. At least 6 hours of these 27 hours must be at the 200-level. Cannot include 970:299.) The elective courses should be approved in advance in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Advisor. Research paper required (presentation of research paper required)