Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Geography, M.A.


  1. A bachelor’s degree in geography; or,
  2. A bachelor’s degree with 24 units of upper division courses substantially equivalent to those required for a geography major at this University; or,
  3. A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with 24 units of upper division courses in a combination of geography and approved courses in related disciplines,
  4. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better in upper division coursework, or alternative evidence of ability to do graduate work,
  5. Optional: Completion of Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

See the department’s website for application instructions.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. See the Geography Graduate Student Handbook;
  2. See the general University requirements.


  1. Completion of courses required to remove foundational and prerequisite deficiencies, if applicable,
  2. Completion of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses. A minimum of 24 units of Geography courses. A minimum of 21 units of 500 and 600-level courses.

OR an alternate 3-4 unit advanced methods course may be substituted with Graduate Advisor Approval

Take 2 topical seminars

Take 2 topical seminars (each of the following seminars may be taken with credit twice to meet this requirement), from the following:

Take 6 units of thesis:

Take additional elective courses at the 400-500-600 level as needed to reach a minimum of 30 units.

A “B” or better is required in the two core courses: