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Master Geography!

Master of Science in Applied Geography

The Master of Science degree with a major in Applied Geography prepares graduates for advanced study, meaningful employment, and life-long learning. The program’s applied focus nurtures a culture of engagement, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities and helping students from a variety of academic disciplines apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations. The increasing demand for readily available, consistent, accurate, complete, and current geographic information and the widespread availability and use of advanced geospatial technologies offer excellent career opportunities for our graduates. Indeed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that overall employment demand for geospatial technologists will grow by a minimum of 20% over the next decade. The M.S. in Applied Geography offers students a diverse array of field experiences including:

• Analyzing climate change impacts on barrier islands
• Utilizing geospatial data and methods to address urban and environmental issues
• Mapping and monitoring coastal habitats using remote sensing data
• Applying urban forestry to meet sustainable development goals
• Examining ecotourism, sustainability, and environmental change in Latin America
• Developing warning systems for hydrometeorologic hazards in the Dolomite Alps in Italy

The program, therefore, prepares students for professional opportunities in a multitude of fields including: regional and transportation planning, the geospatial-intelligence industry, market analysis, meteorology/climatology, natural and human-made hazards, public health, logistics, resource management, and sustainable development.

Graduate Program Handbook


Students are selected for the Master of Science in Applied Geography degree program on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)(scores must be sent tot he College of Graduate Studies)
  3. Completion of the TOEFL Exam with scores sent to the College of Graduate Studies (international students only)
  4. A statement of purpose explaining the reasons for pursing a Master of Science in Applied Geography
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Typically, applicants will have a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraudate coursework

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

Core Requirements (9)
  • GEOG 7630 Seminar in Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 7631 Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 7632 Seminar in Geographic Research and Methods
Major Electives (21)

(must choose at least 3 of the following courses)

  • GEOG 7531 Global Climate Change
  • GEOG 7535 Cultural and Political Ecology
  • GEOG 7541 GIS Applications in Social Science
  • GEOG 7542 Geospatial Techniques and Applications
  • GEOG 7543 Frontiers in Geospatial Science

(must choose at least 3 of the following courses)

  • GEOG 5091G Applied GIS
  • GEOG 5230G Urban Geography
  • GEOG 5231G Economic Geography
  • GEOG 5330G Population Geography
  • GEOG 5430G Political Geography
  • GEOG 5435G Biogeography
  • GEOG 5441G Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 5530G Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 5531G Environmental Impact and Remediation
  • GEOG 5535G Nature and Society
  • GEOG 5540G Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 5545G Echohydrology

Other graduate level courses as approved by the Graduate Director and Department Chair

  • Thesis GEOG 7999 Thesis 6


General questions about admission, graduate assistantships and requests for application materials and catalogs should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies.

Questions from prospective students that concern details of the program should be directed to:

Christine Hladik, PhD
Graduate Program Director
Department of Geology and Geography
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8149
Phone: (912) 478-5361

Current Graduate Students

Last updated: 3/10/2020