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 Graduate College

Geography (MA)

Department of Geography

www.uni.edu/geography/graduate-program
205 Innovative Teaching & Technology Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0406

Head: Dr. Patrick Pease
Phone: (319) 273-2772
E-mail: patrick.pease@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Andrey Petrov
Phone: (319) 273-6245
E-mail: andrey.petrov@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in enrolling in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the graduate coordinator in the Department of Geography for any other application requirements. Applications should include two letters of recommendation, a brief statement about professional interests and career objectives, and transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate credit.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found atwww.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course number 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

The major in Geography is available on the thesis (research) and non-thesis(professional) options. A minimum of 32 semester hours, including 6 hours GEOG 6299 (970:299) for thesis research and writing, is required for the thesisoption. Students must successfully present a written and oral thesis proposal prior to registration in GEOG 6299 (970:299). A minimum of 38 semester hours, including 3 hours GEOG 6298 (970:298) for completion of a research paper, is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 17 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for both the thesis and non-thesis options.  Any 200/6000-level course offered as a graded course must be taken on a graded basis. Students pursuing either thesis or non-thesis option may select from the following research concentrations: Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing; Environmental and Earth Systems; Geomorphology; Human Spatial Systems; Planning and Development; Geography Education.

Thesis Option:

Required Geography
GEOG 6000 (970:202)Graduate Colloquium (1 hr; must be taken twice)2
GEOG 6010 (970:294)Nature of Geography and Its Research Methodology3
GEOG 6299 (970:299)Research6
GEOG 6550 (970:280)Seminar3
Electives *18
Total Hours32

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At least 12 of the 18 hours must be in geography; at least 3 of the 18 hours must be at the 200/6000-level; cannot include GEOG 6598 (970:298); additional hours of GEOG 6299 (970:299) cannot count toward the minimum 18 elective hours.

Non-Thesis Option:
Required Geography
GEOG 6000 (970:202)Graduate Colloquium (1 hr; must be taken twice)2
GEOG 6010 (970:294)Nature of Geography and Its Research Methodology3
GEOG 6550 (970:280)Seminar3
GEOG 6598 (970:298)Directed Research Project3
Electives *27
Total Hours38
*

 At least 15 of the 27 hours must be in geography; at least 6 of the 27 hours must be at the 200/6000-level; cannot include GEOG 6299 (970:299).

Each student's program (beyond the required core courses) will be determined by individual needs in consultation with her/his graduate advisor and the graduate coordinator.  For the thesis option, an oral thesis defense is required. For the non-thesis option, a final presentation of the research paper is required.