Geography and Planning (MA in Geography; Geographic Information Science Certificate; Planning Certificate; Minor)

Master of Arts in Geography
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science
Graduate Certificate in Planning
Graduate Minor in Geography

Department of Geography and Planning
College of Arts and Sciences

geo.appstate.edu

Kathleen Schroeder, Chair and Professor
schroederk@appstate.edu

Baker Perry, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
perrylb@appstate.edu

The Department of Geography and Planning offers the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Arts degree in Geography, Thesis Option (237A/45.0701)
  • Master of Arts degree in Geography, Non-Thesis Option (237*/45.0701) with concentrations:
    • General Geography (237B)
    • Geographic Information Science (237D)
    • Planning (237C).
  • Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (114A/45.0701)
  • Graduate Certificate in Planning (109A/45.0701)
  • Graduate Minor in Geography (241/45.0701)

The graduate degree programs in Geography are designed to provide students with a broad range of academic and professional options. Foundations of the programs include preparing students for: 1) Ph.D. work in geography or planning, and 2) professional opportunities in applied geography and planning.

Past graduates have found jobs working in fields such as: geographic information science, environmental analysis and policy development, transportation planning, urban planning, satellite image analysis, cartography, regional planning and sustainable development, economic development, and land resource management.

Faculty and students are actively engaged in research investigating: climate change, biome change, GIS applications (viticulture; flood modeling; property valuation; visualization), globalization processes, economic development, community development, transportation and land use, precipitation climatology, mountain environments, and natural hazards.

The Department also offers graduate certificates in Planning and in GIScience for students interested in gaining proficiency in those areas without completing an entire degree. Completion of the certificate does not guarantee admission into the MA degree program.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN GEOGRAPHY (Code: 241)

A graduate minor is geography consists of 9 semester hours of graduate courses, including GHY 5000: Research Themes and Methods (3) plus 6 s.h. of electives (3-6 s.h. chosen from GHY courses, excluding GHY 5989, and/or 0-3 s.h. chosen from PLN courses).

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official GRE general exam scores; cover letter (not to exceed two pages) stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (Code: 114A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
 
Required Courses

If a student has proficiency in one of the required courses and is exempted by the program director, an equivalent GIScience course may be substituted.

  • GHY 5150: Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3)
  • GHY 5810: Digital Image Processing (3)
  • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
  • GHY 5814: Principles of GeoComputation (3)
12

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PLANNING

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official GRE general exam scores; cover letter (not to exceed two pages) stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Location: On campus

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Planning (Code: 109A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 15
 
Required Courses
  • GHY/PLN 5400: Planning Theory and Process (3)
  • PLN 5431: Planning Methods and Techniques (3)
  • PLN 5730: Land Use Controls, Planning Law, and Ethics (3)
  • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
  • Additional 3 s.h. of graduate planning or planning-related electives as approve by the planning advisor
15

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY (Thesis Option)

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; cover letter (not to exceed two pages) stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program.

*Students entering the graduate program without a baccalaureate degree in geography are required to make up deficiencies in the areas of physical geography, human geography, and geographic techniques in consultation with the graduate committee.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Geography (Thesis Option) (Code: 237A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30
 
Required
Courses
  • GHY 5000: Research Themes and Methods (3)
  • GHY 5800: Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Geography (3)
  • GHY 5998*: Thesis Preparation (3)
  • GHY 5999*: Thesis (3)
12
Electives18 s.h. of approved graduate electives18

*A maximum of 3 s.h. of 5998 and 3 s.h. of 5999 can be included in the minimum 30 hours required.

Other Requirements for the MA in Geography (Thesis Option):

  • Thesis: Required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: Required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY (Non-Thesis Options)

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; cover letter (not to exceed two pages) stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program.

*Students entering the graduate program without a baccalaureate degree in geography are required to make up deficiencies in the areas of physical geography, human geography, and geographic techniques in consultation with the graduate committee.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Geography (Non-Thesis Option)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • GHY 5000: Research Themes and Methods (3)
  • GHY 5800: Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Geography (3)
6
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

General Concentration (Code: 237B)

  • Choose one of:
    • GHY/PLN 5858: Directed Research (3)
    • GHY 5900: *Internship in Geography (6)
  • 24 to 27 s.h. of interdisciplinary graduate electives

OR
Geographic Information Science Concentration (Code: 237D)

  • GHY 5150: Seminar in Geographic Information Science (3)
  • GHY 5810: Digital Image Processing (3)
  • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
  • GHY 5814: Principles of GeoComputation (3)
  • GHY 5900: *Internship in Geography (6-9)
  • 9 to 12 s.h. of graduate electives

OR
Planning Concentration (Code: 237C)

  • GHY/PLN 5400: Planning Theory and Process (3)
  • PLN 5431: Planning Methods and Techniques (3)
  • PLN 5730: Land Use Controls, Planning Law, and Ethics (3)
  • Choose one of:
    • GHY/PLN 5858: Directed Research (3)
    • GHY 5900: *Internship in Geography (6)
  • 9 s.h. of planning graduate electives
  • 6 to 9 s.h. of interdisciplinary graduate electives
30

*The Internship will not be initiated until the degree Program of Study has been approved. The student will complete a research project dealing with the internship experience and an oral defense of the project in lieu of a thesis.

Other Requirements for the MA in Geography (Non-thesis):

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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