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The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts degree that prepares students for a variety of professions, including careers in academics, research, public service, and the private sector. The MA program has a high success rate of preparing students for doctoral study in top-tier geography departments across the United States.

A primary strength of the department is the blending of major research facilities and opportunities with individual student-faculty interaction to build a strong sense of community. Students interested in questions of human geography, the physical environment, or geographic information sciences will find that the department has facilities and faculty expertise to build a successful plan of study.

Core areas of study in the department include human geography, nature/society relationships, physical-environmental systems, and application of geographic information sciences. The faculty has an active program of research and field work in North America, the Middle East and Middle America. They pride themselves on a creative instructional and interdisciplinary pattern of activity. The department emphasizes close contact between faculty and graduate students.

Individualized graduate programs allow latitude in areas of specialization such as regional, cultural, and physical geography, as well as geographic information sciences, remote sensing, environmental studies and geographic education. Strong collateral course work in such fields as anthropology, soil and atmospheric science, economics, geology, political science, forestry, computer science and history meets the special interests of many graduate students.

Degrees Offered

Geographical Information Science (Interdisciplinary) Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:  
No

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: Students from a wide range of disciplines will benefit from students with the theoretical, practical and technical skills that are essential for the analysis of spatial data. Learners become proficient in the use and application of GIS technologies through a flexible set of courses and hands-on experiences. The program offers the training and experience necessary to prepare for the rapidly expanding professional opportunities available in the diverse set of fields that depend on geographic information.

Certificate web site:
http://www.geog.missouri.edu/?q=grad/graduate-gis-program

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Mark Palmer (Department of Geography)

Email:  
Phone: 
 (573) 884-7940 
Address:  
10b Stewart Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Master of Arts in Geography

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

Fall semester with financial support: January 15
Fall semester without financial support: April 1

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Preparation for graduate work in geography should include undergraduate courses in geography. Upon consultation with their advisor, students with insufficient background work in geography may be required to take additional undergraduate courses.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 20111000
On or after August 1, 2011297

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Geography Program

All elements of the application including those required by the department are submitted through the Graduate Studies online application. For complete instructions, see the Department of Geography website.

Geospatial Intelligence Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes
Degree Dependent:   Yes

Total Credit Hours:  21

Certificate description: An education in geospatial intelligence theories, methods, and applications is central to many problem-solving tasks and as such, students with proficiency in these areas are well-suited for an array of employment  positions in sectors such as academia, military, intelligence analysis, emergency response and disaster management, law enforcement, etc.

Certificate web site:
https://geography.missouri.edu/?q=gip

Contact information:
Dr. Tim Matisziw

EmailPhone: (573) 882-1423
Address: 8 Stewart Hall,University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA