Geography, M.A.

Department of Geography & Geology, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The mission of the geography graduate program is to provide quality graduate education in physical geography, human geography and spatial analysis (GIS, cartography and remote sensing). The department offers a rich learning environment for students with close interaction between faculty and students, technology-enhanced instruction, and opportunities for fieldwork. Courses enhance student’s perception and appreciation of the earth’s human and physical environments as well as geography’s essential role in both understanding and navigating our increasingly interconnected world. The department, an active participant in its community, has ties throughout the city and state, leading to a wide variety of internship opportunities. The department is committed to providing students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed, be it in professional employment or further graduate education.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Christina Dando, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Durham Science Center (DSC) 271

402-554-3134

cdando@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/geogeo/geography_graduate.php

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a GPA in geography of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Present as a prerequisite a minimum of 15 undergraduate semester hours of geography including physical and human geography and cartography, plus at least three hours in spatial analysis, quantitative methods or statistics;
  • Applicants for whom English is not the native language must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 if computer-based; 80 internet-based; 53 PTE, or 6.5 IELTS)
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume

    Degree Requirements

    Required Courses-Thesis (15 hours):

    GEOG 8000History and Philosophy of Geography

    3 credits

    GEOG 8700Research Methods

    3 credits

    An approved physical geography course

    3 credits

    An approved human geography course

    3 credits

    An approved techniques course

    3 credits

    Electives-Thesis (9 hours):

    May be completed in consultation with the graduate program chair or an area of concentration by be selected from the options below.

    Required Courses-Non-Thesis (15 hours):

    GEOG 8000History and Philosophy of Geography

    3 credits

    GEOG 8700Research Methods

    3 credits

    GEOG 8026/GEOG 4020Quantitative Analysis in Geography

    3 credits

    An approved physical geography course

    3 credits

    An approved human geography course

    3 credits

    GEOG 8026: or an approved graduate level statistics course from another department

    Electives-Non-Thesis (21 hours):

    May be completed in consultation with the graduate program chair

    Concentrations:

    See Geography, M.A. Concentrations

    Exit Requirements:

    Thesis Option (6 hours):

    GEOG 8990Thesis

    1 - 6 credits

    Comprehensive Examination or Professional Conference (Non-thesis):

    As an alternative to the oral and written non-thesis exams, a student pursuing the non-thesis option can instead present a paper or a poster at a professional conference.  Poster or paper must be based on the student’s original research.  Student must create a three-person committee and defend a research proposal first. The committee must be approved by the Graduate Studies Coordinator.  Once their research is complete, their paper and poster or Powerpoint must be reviewed and approved by their committee.  Once approved, the presentation or poster must be presented to the department before the conference and the Poster/Presentation Non-Thesis Option form completed.  Student must then present at the conference and write up a one-page reflection of their experience presenting, giving the form and the reflection to the Graduate Studies coordinator.  

     

    Comprehensive Examination

    or

    Professional Conference

    Other Program Related Information:

    The Department of Geography/Geology offers graduate assistantships.  Applications should be directed to the department and are due March 1 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.  The assistantship requires 20 hours per week of teaching or similar duties.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available opening.