Applied Geography M.S. (Non-Thesis)

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours (Non-Thesis Option)


Students are selected for the Master of Science in Applied Geography degree program on a competitive basis. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications for graduate assistantships must be received by April 1 to receive full consideration for fall. Assistantships are awarded for a maximum of five semesters and are reviewed each semester. Students must comply with the College of Graduate Studies degree completion timeline for a master's degree. A student who has not matriculated for three or more consecutive semesters must re-apply and meet all admission requirements in effect at the time of the new application for admission. 

Admission Requirements

For potential admission to the College of Graduate Studies to pursue graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree in Applied Geography, the applicant:

  1. Must have completed requirements for the bachelors degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  2. Must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (scores must be sent to the College of Graduate Studies).
  3. Must complete the TOEFL Exam with scores sent to the College of Graduate Studies (international students only).
  4. Must submit a statement of purpose explaining the reasons for pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Geography. 
  5. Must submit three letters of recommendation.
  6. Typically, will have a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate coursework.

Non-Degree Admission

Non-degree students are accepted on an individual basis as space is available. Thesis and Non-Thesis options are possible for the M.S. degree in Applied Geography. 

Program of Study (Non-Thesis Option)

Non-Thesis Option, 36 Credit Hours

The graduate student and the program director shall jointly develop a program of study that includes 36 credits in graduate coursework including the required courses below. Note that Thesis (GEOG   7999) cannot be used toward the Non-Thesis Option.

Credit Hours
Core Requirements9
Seminar in Geographic Thought
Spatial Analysis
Seminar in Geographic Research and Methods
Major Electives (must choose at least 3 of the following courses)
Global Climate Change
Cultural and Political Ecology
GIS Applications in Social Science
Geospatial Techniques and Applications
Frontiers in Geospatial Science
Electives (must choose at least 3 of the following courses)
Applied GIS
Urban Geography
Economic Geography
Population Geography
Nature and Society
Political Geography
Remote Sensing
Cultural Geography
Environmental Impact and Remediation
Tourism Geographies
Advanced GIS
Other graduate level courses as approved by the Graduate Director and Department Chair
Non-Thesis Capstone
Total Credit Hours36


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)