Traditional Master’s

In the traditional format, the master’s degree in geospatial sciences is a 33-hour program with a research requirement. It can be completed in two years, if full-time status is maintained.

Within the graduate course work, you may select one of two options to complete your research requirement.

  1. Research Requirement (complete one).
    1. Thesis Option.  A student can take up to 3 hours of GRY 779 or GLG 779 plus up to 6 hours of GRY 799 or GLG 799.  Successful completion of a thesis and thesis defense is required. 
    2. Non-Thesis Option.  At the discretion of the faculty, a non-thesis option may be available to students in the program.  Students using the non-thesis option must complete 3 hours of GRY 779 or GLG 779 plus 3 hours of GEO 780.  Successful completion of a research project and scholarly report is required.  The results of the research project must be presented orally at a departmental seminar or at a professional meeting and the student’s advisor and the departmental Graduate Program Director must approve the written report on the research project.  Students in the non-thesis option are not allowed to count thesis hours toward the 36 hour degree requirement.

3.  Research Options.  Students should choose at least 15 additional hours in one of the following research areas.

Geography:  courses to include additional classes listed as GRY 6XX or GRY 7XX as approved by the student's Research Committee.  Classes not using the GRY prefix may be substituted by recommendation of the Research Committee and approval of the GGP Graduate Program Director.  

Geology:  courses to include additional classes listed as GLG 6XX or GRY 7XX as approved by the student's Research Committee.  Classes not using the GLG prefix may be substituted by recommendation of the Research Committee and approval of the GGP Graduate Program Director.  

Geospatial Science:  courses to include additional classes listed as GEO 6XX or GRY 7XX as approved by the student's Research Committee.  Classes not using the GEO prefix may be substituted by recommendation of the Research Committee and approval of the GGP Graduate Program Director.  

Planning:  courses to include additional classes listed as PLN 6XX, GRY 6XX, PLN 7XX, or GRY 7XX as approved by the student's Research Committee.  Classes not using the PLN or GRY prefix may be substituted by recommendation of the Research Committee and approval of the GGP Graduate Program Director.