Master of Science in Geography

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. A GPA of at least 3.00 in all undergraduate work.
  3. A minimum of 9 semester credits of undergraduate coursework in geography, preferably physical geography. An additional 6 credits in the fields cognate to geography are required.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  5. International applicants who have received their bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States or English speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.
  6. Meet all School of Graduate Studies requirements for admission.

Outstanding applicants are evaluated on an individual basis and those with limited background in geography but a distinguished record in another discipline may be accepted in a qualified or provisional status. 

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Geography Department.

  1. Four required courses:
    GEOG 500Graduate Studies in Geography1
    GEOG 501Geographic Thought Through Time2
    GEOG 576Field Methods and Analysis in Geography3
    GEOG 578Geographic Research and Writing2
    Total Credits8
  2. A minor or cognate area of study, and a graduate program of study that reflects the student’s focus on physical geography topics (9 credits). Cognate courses must be from at least two academic departments outside Geography.

Thesis

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits, including 9 semester credits for approved minor or cognate courses.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Preparation and successful defense of a thesis. (A minimum of 6 credits for GEOG 998 Thesis.)

Non-Thesis

  1. A minimum of 36 semester credits, including 9 semester credits for approved minor or cognate courses.
  2. A minimum of 12 credits that focus upon geospatial skills and techniques which include quantitative methods, computer graphics and mapping, geographic information systems, remote sensing, field methods, and cartography. The non-thesis programs emphasize development of geospatial skills that can be applied to specific problems and projects that may or may not involve research.
  3. Two credits of GEOG 997 Independent Study are required.
  4. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  5. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  6. Preparation of a written independent study approved by the faculty advisor.
  7. Comprehensive final examination.

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