Traditional Master's Degree Option

Create a custom program based on your background and career goals. Gain training and analytic skills in GIS technology.

You can complete this program in two years if you maintain full-time status.

Traditional format

The master’s degree in geography and geology is a 33- or 36-hour program with a research requirement.

Review the program requirements for the exact courses you need to take.

Pick the thesis or non-thesis option 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 600-level or 700-level GRY courses 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 600-level or 700-level GLG courses 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 600-level GEO or GEO 755 or higher 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 600-level or 700-level PLN courses or 600-level or 700-level GRY courses 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.