The master’s program in Geography is designed to enable the student to achieve professional competence in the discipline. This program is intended to increase substantive and technical proficiency so that graduates can successfully enter the workplace or continue on with further graduate study.
Requirements for the Master’s of Science Degree
In order to be admitted to the Master’s Program, a student is expected to have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Geography or a related discipline at a recognized college or university.
Applicants should have completed a course in (1) physical, (2) human, (3) quantitative methods, (4) geospatial technology. If these courses have not been taken previously, they must be taken while in the degree program at MSU.
In the Master’s program, the student must complete at least 30 credits at the graduate level with at least 20 of those credits in Geography. Master’s students may count no more than four credits of coursework in Independent Study or Research Problems toward their degree, unless these credits were from classes taught as a regular course.
Specific Requirements for the M.S. degree:
A. One of the following four seminars:
- GEO 871 Seminar in Physical Geography
- GEO 872 Seminar in Human Geography
- GEO 873 Seminar in Human-Environment Geography
- GEO 874 Seminar in GIScience
B. GEO 886 Research Design in Geography
C. Two advanced-level methods courses:
One tool must be in the “spatial technology” area from the following:
- GEO 423 Cartographic Design and Production
- GEO 424 Advanced Remote Sensing
- GEO 425 Problems in Geographic Information Systems
- GEO 426 Thematic Cartography
- GEO 428 Digital Terrain Analysis
- GEO 802 Geospatial Technology
- GEO 825 Geoprocessing
- GEO 826 Geocomputation
- GEO 827 Digital Image Processing
The second methods course can be taken from those listed above or from the following:
- GEO 865 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography
- GEO 866 Spatial Data Analysis
- GEO 868 Spatial Regression and Modeling
- An approved qualitative methods course
- An approved second-year equivalency language course
- An approved computer programming course
D. Electives as approved by the student’s advisor
E. GEO 899 Master’s Thesis Research (4-6 credits)
F. Present a research paper or poster, approved by the advisor, at a professional meeting.
G. Complete a minimum of 16 credits at the 800 or 900 level.
H. Complete a master’s thesis.
Please see the current Graduate Handbook for a more detailed explanation of these requirements.