Graduate Programs in Geography

The geography program has special strengths in Climatology & Paleoclimatology, Natural Hazards and Disasters, Geomorphology, Land and Water Management, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Development and Conservation, Environmental Perception, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Earth System Modeling, and Remote Sensing. Specific problems in these areas may be explored in the regional contexts of North America, Europe, New England, Latin America, China, Southeast Asia, and the Arctic .Close cooperation is maintained with area studies programs for Latin America , Asia , and Europe , as well as the disciplines of geology, anthropology, landscape architecture and regional planning, communications, wildlife conservation, and history.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences

Applications for graduate research are welcomed in the broad range of human and physical geography subfields in which the faculty has expertise. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School , all candidates for the Ph.D. are expected to have a background approximately equivalent to our M.S. degree in geography, although this by no means precludes individualized programs for those with special strength in another discipline. Requirements in addition to the Ph.D. dissertation include completion of sufficient course work or independent study to prepare the candidate for the preliminary comprehensive exam (research proposition) and a reading knowledge in one foreign language.  (Ph.D. Geosciences - graduate school link)

Master of Science in Geography

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, a candidate for the M.S. in geography must complete a prescribed number of courses within the program, a prescribed number of courses in related fields, and either a masters thesis or a general exam. The program is designed to take two years to complete. Courses are selected by students in consultation with a faculty adviser, and the thesis or general exam is reviewed by a committee composed of two or more faculty members, one of whom may be from outside the Department.   (M.S. Geography - graduate school link)

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Department of Geosciences
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233 Morrill Science Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9297

Phone: (413) 545-2286
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