The Master of Arts in Applied Geography

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Applied Geography has 3 program options: Thesis, Internship Project, or Non-Thesis.

Thesis

  • 34 graduate credit hours, including GEO 601, GEO 620, and GEO 699
  • One-half of all coursework (17 hours) at the 600 – 749 levels
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis
  • Thesis Defense

Internship Research

  • 34 graduate credit hours, including GEO 601, GEO 620, and GEO 695
  • One-half of all coursework (17 hours) at the 600 – 749 levels
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Internship Project
  • Internship Presentation

Non-Thesis/Professional Portfolio

  • 37 graduate credit hours, including GEO 601 and GEO 620
  • One-half of all coursework (18 hours) at the 600 – 749 levels
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Professional portfolio must be complied; this consists of a resume, personal statement, and two research papers (one tradional, one applied)

The master’s degree requires a minimum of 34 hours of graduate-level coursework; all but 17 credit hours must be at the 600-749 levels.

  • Required courses are: GEO 601 and GEO 620; GEO 695 Internship (3-6) or GEO 699 Thesis (3-6)*
  • Electives are: 24 – 33 hours

*The non-thesis option requires 37 hours of coursework, excluding GEO 695 and GEO 699. The non-thesis option is a terminal degree program.

Students coming into our programs without an undergraduate degree in geography must complete four undergraduate courses in geography to help ground themselves in the discipline. One course in each of the following sub-disciplines is required, in addition to completing the advanced degree requirements:

  • Physical Geography: GEO 103; GEO 106, GEO 330
  • Regional Geography: GEO 104; GEO 333; GEO 344
  • Cultural Geography: GEO 105; GEO 301; GEO 302: GEO 304; GEO 320
  • Geographic Techniques: GEO 121; GEO 322; GEO 357; GEO 358; GEO 359; GEO 603

These courses may have been taken previously as part of an undergraduate program; if this is not the case, they may be taken at UNCG, in any other approved geography department, or in some cases by correspondence. Please consult the Director of Graduate Studies for more information or course approvals.