Degrees and Options

Masters of Arts Degree Program:

The Master of Arts degree in Geography is available on the research (thesis) and professional (non-thesis) options.

Students pursuing either option may select from the following research concentrations: Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing; Environmental and Earth Systems; Geomorphology; Human Spatial Systems; Planning and Development; Geography Education.

Research (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)

Professional (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)

Additional detailed information is available at the UNI Catalog Website.