Apr 21, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
Graduate Catalog 2023-24

Master of Science in Geography (GGYM)

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Advisor: Lei Meng
Room 3240, 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.

The degree 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.

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), and three letters of reference 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 wmich.edu/geography/academics/masters for additional information.

Program Requirements

1. Complete minimum a of 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. Students will take at least one environment course, one GIScience course, and one planning course in the Department of Geography as part of this program.

2. Required Courses:

Complete the following:

3. Thesis/Project - Complete six hours of:

Or six hours of:

4. Electives:

Five of the remaining hours must be completed from course in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism. The rest of the hours can come from course in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism, or from another department with graduate advisor approval.

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