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    Western Michigan University
   
 
  Feb 18, 2018
 
 
    
Graduate Catalog 2017-18

Master of Science in Geography


Advisor: Li Yang
Room 2114, Wood Hall

The goals of the Master of Science in Geography are: 1) to assist students in acquiring the skills needed for independent geographic research, including organizational and communication skills; and 2) to enable the student to develop a concentration in a particular aspect of the field.

Students select one of three concentrations, namely community development and planning, environmental and resource analysis, and geographic techniques. At the same time, each program is individually designed to suit career or personal objectives. Students may prepare for a geographic career in government, business and industry, or for pursuit of a higher degree. A minimum of 30 graduate hours is required, except in the community development and planning which requires 36 graduate hours.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in Geography OR a related academic discipline such as social science, biological, engineering, health, business, or physical science majors may apply for our master’s program. The application involves two steps:

  1. You should follow normal Western Michigan University Graduate College application procedures to complete the online application process.
  2. You must send a copy of your purpose statement, an official copy of your undergraduate transcript(s), three letters of reference, and score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to our department. International students should submit evidence of English language proficiency such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to The Office of International Student Services (OISS) following standard WMU procedures. All applicants with applications completed on the annual due date, February 15, will be considered for graduate assistantship.
  3. Visit http://wmich.edu/geography/academics/masters for additional information.

 

Program Requirements


1. Complete 30 hours of approved graduate credits of required and elective courses, and thesis or project.


At least 20 hours to be completed in the Geography Department. For the Community Development and Planning concentration, complete 36 hours.

2. Required Courses:


Complete the following:

3. Thesis/Project - Complete six hours of:


Or six hours of:


4. Electives:


Complete one of the following: 

A. Community Development and Planning


Complete the following courses:

Additional courses in geography or outside geography may be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

B. Environmental and Resource Analysis


Complete at least 15 hours from the following courses:

Additional courses in geography or outside geography may be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

C. Geographic Information Science


Complete a minimum of three courses from the following:

Additional courses in geography or outside geography may be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.