Dec 04, 2023
Bob Watrel, Department Head
George White, Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences
Wecota Hall 109, Box 506
The Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science Degree. The curriculum, organized through formal courses, seminars, internship experiences, and supervised research, is designed to prepare students for positions in such professional areas as planning, remote sensing, geographic information sciences, government service, research, business, and teaching. The program also is designed to provide students with the education needed to pursue further graduate study. Students seeking this degree are expected to select courses that will provide a sound foundation in geography (philosophical, physical and human, and research techniques) supported, if appropriate, by courses outside the department. Students may also seek out opportunities such as the cooperative program with the EROS Data Center and/or internships, generally available with planning districts, governmental agencies, business, and industry.
Course Delivery Format
Geography is not only a classroom subject but one that also includes laboratory research, fieldwork, and travel, as well as limited online coursework.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Critical thinking: Demonstrate foundational and specialized knowledge in both the physical and human sciences and their interconnectedness at local, regional, and global scales.
- Critical thinking: Interpret the ethical consequences of global issues concerning the environment to strengthen commitment to local, national, and global citizenship.
- Problem solving: Demonstrate proficiency in the application of appropriate geographical technologies and techniques to address issues in the physical and/or human sciences.
- Written communication: Communicate geographic ideas clearly and effectively (e.g., maps, writing, oral presentations, posters, photos, flowcharts, tables, graphs, and illustrations).
- Creative thinking: Apply observations from laboratory and/or field experiences to analyze problems and offer solutions.
- Creative thinking: Demonstrate the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial-temporal context.
- Inquiry and analysis: Explore complex local, regional, and global issues using a geographical perspective to formulate questions and draw informed conclusions that are based on critical scientific analysis and interpretation of information.
Master of Science
|Master of Science
||Option A - Thesis
||30 Credit Hours
||Option B - Research/Design Paper
||32 Credit Hours
||Option C - Coursework Only
||36 Credit Hours
Select one of the following options
Option B - Research/Design Paper
Option C - Coursework Only
Total Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 36 (Option C)
Master’s Graduation Requirements
Option A - Thesis
- Thesis Proposal
- Thesis and Oral Defense
Option - B - Research/Design Paper
- Research Project Proposal
- Research Project and Oral Defense
Option C - Coursework Only
- Oral Defense of Course Work
Additional Admission Requirements
GRE: Not Required
TOEFL: 79 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
The Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences has listed the following additional admission requirements:
- Submission of 1-2 page statement describing applicants’ interests in the master’s program in Geography at SDSU.
- Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the academic ability and professional competency of the applicant.
- A minimum of 9 semester credits of undergraduate coursework in geography, preferably physical geography. An additional 6 credits in the fields cognate to geography are required.
Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.
For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .