Admission Requirements

Graduate Admissions

Application for Graduate Programs

Applicants for admission to graduate programs in Geography should have maintained a grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale for a four-year degree. Applicants having grade point averages below the minimum who present convincing evidence of potential for success may be considered for provisional admission.

Applicants should submit a letter of intent, official transcripts from all universities previously attended, and letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with the applicant's undergraduate academic performance in order to be considered for the program. These materials should be submitted to both the Admissions Office (or emailed to and to the Geography Department's administrative assistant. 

It is HIGHLY recommended that applicants to the program inquire with potential advisors in our Department, if interested in enrolling in this program. It is also HIGHLY recommended that potential applicants detail in their letter of intent who their potential advisor(s) might be and describe their research interests and how that aligns with the potential advisor(s). This will help the Department of Geography align prospective students with the appropriate faculty members if they are accepted and help us assess if the applicant and our program is an appropriate fit. Again, we highly encourage and recommend that you to reach out to faculty members in the department and discuss your ideas with them before applying!

International applicants must submit a TOEFL score of at least 75, within a minimum score of 15 in each section of the TOEFL or an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (total score), with a minimum of 5.0 in each category.

It is strongly encouraged that all application materials be submitted to the Geography Department by March 1st of the academic year prior to the fall in which a prospective student wishes to enroll. Applications submitted after this deadline have a decreased chance of being granted financial assistance and/or being accepted to the program. 

To apply online, go to Graduate Studies Applications page.



Geography studies the interactions between people and our environment using cutting-edge geospatial technologies to solve real-world problems. The opportunity to complete a capstone project demonstrates scholarly mastery and readiness to lead in the work force or for further study.




Geospatial technologies are in very high demand. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and GPS are the core of GISc. The graduate certificate provides in-depth training allowing students to create solutions to real-world problems involving people and environment.