Geography, MS

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

Environmental Studies (human/environmental interaction)!

Geographic Information Science (GIS, GPS and remote sensing)

A Master’s degree is offered under both Plan I and Plan II as described in the earlier pages of this catalog. Any student planning to go on for a Ph.D. is strongly urged to take Plan I and write a thesis. A minor may be taken under either plan with the approval of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department’s Graduate Advisory Committee. In place of a minor, approved courses in related fields may be substituted.

Minimum requirements for the Geography M.S. degree are as follows:

Required of all M.S. Students

Credit Hours

GEOG 501

History and Methods in Geography

3

GEOG 502

Approaches to Geographic Research

3

Plan I

Concentration in Environmental Studies

(Additional courses)

GEOG 514

Natural Resources Management Seminar or

GEOG 515

Cultural and Political Ecology or

GEOG 516

Seminar: Globalization or

GEOG 517

Law and Geography

3

Two additional courses from the Environmental Studies List: 514, 515, 516, 517, 561, 562, 563, 564, 566, 567

6

One course from the GIScience List: *481L, 525, 580L, 581L, 582L, 583L, 584L, 585L, 586L, 587L, 588L

3

Two elective courses

6

Thesis

6

Total

30

Plan I

Concentration in Geographic Information Science

(Additional courses)

GEOG 525

Seminar: Geographic Information Science

3

Three courses from the GIScience List: *481L, 580L,

581L, 582L, 583L, 584L, 585L,

586L, 587L, 588L

9

One course from the Environmental Studies List: 514,

515, 516, 517, 561, 562, 563,

564, 566, 567

3

One elective course

3

Thesis

6

Total

30

Plan II

Concentration in Environmental Studies

(Additional courses)

GEOG 514

Natural Resources Management Seminar or

GEOG 515

Cultural and Political Ecology or

GEOG 516

Seminar: Globalization or

GEOG 517

Law and Geography

3

Three additional courses from the Environmental

Studies List: 514, 515, 516, 517, 561, 562, 563, 564, 566, 567

9

One course from the GIScience List: *481L, 580L, 581L, 582L, 583L, 584L, 585L, 586L, 587L, 588L

3

GEOG 597

Master’s Project

3

Three elective courses

9

Total

33

Plan II

Concentration in Geographic Information Science

(Additional courses)

GEOG 525

Seminar: Geographic Information Science

3

Four courses from the GIScience List: *481L, 580L, 581L, 582L, 583L, 584L, 585L, 586L, 587L, 588L

12

Two courses from the Environmental Studies List: 514, 515, 516, 517, 561, 562, 563, 564, 566, 567

6

GEOG 597

Master’s Project

3

One Elective course

3

Total

33

Candidates under Plan I will be examined orally on their thesis. Candidates under Plan II will be examined orally on the advanced research project assigned in GEOG 597 by his or her graduate committee from the two areas listed below. 

  1. Environmental Studies (human/environmental interaction)

  2. Geographic Information Science (GIS, GPS and remote sensing)

A graduate student who elects to pursue a Master’s degree in geography should have either an undergraduate degree in geography (or related field) or be prepared to make up deficiencies as determined by the Geography and Environmental Studies Department’s Graduate Advisory Committee. Students must select an advisor who will help them design their programs and guide them through their tenure in the department. All programs are subject to approval by the Graduate Advisory Committee. Students must earn grades of B (3.0 GPA) or better in all courses on their plan of study, including those at the undergraduate level. GRE scores are required for application to the M.S. program.  


Admission Requirements:

 
  • Deadlines

    Students are encouraged to start the program in the Fall semester, but applications are accepted for both the Fall and Spring semester. Upcoming deadlines are as follows:

    • To be considered for Spring the application deadline is November 15.
    • To be considered for Fall the early application deadline is February 1. Applications
    completed by this deadline will be given fullest consideration for potential assistantships.
    Applications for Fall will be accepted until April 15 but funding possibilities will be
    more limited after the February 1 deadline.

    Fall applicants whose application is complete by February 1 can expect a decision by March 1. Spring
    applicants whose application is complete by November 15 can expect a decision by December 15.

  • Application Requirements

    A completed application consists of:

    1. Online application forms to be completed at www.unm.edu/apply.

    2. Official transcripts of all academic institutions attended.

    3. GRE scores – required for all students, including those with a degree from UNM. Under special

    circumstances students with a BA or BS in Geography from UNM within the past five years can
    petition to the Graduate Program Committee to have the GRE requirement waived.

    4. Three letters of recommendation, using the PDF form available at:
    http://ogs.unm.edu/resources/ogs-­–forms/documents/Recommend.pdf. You need to fill out the top
    part of the form. Your references should complete the rest of the form and attach a free-­–form
    reference letter.

    5. Letter of intent, explaining your background, your interest in the program, research areas you
    would like to work on, and your future plans (typically 2 to 3 pages in length).

    6. Current resume, documenting your academic and professional accomplishments.
    Items 1, 2 and 3 should be submitted directly to the UNM’s Office of Admissions. Items 4, 5 and 6
    should be submitted directly to the Department of Geography. International applicants have
    additional requirements which can be viewed at: www.unm.edu/admissions/newInternational/
    graduate.html.

  • GPA and GRE Scores

    The Department does not have minimum requirements for GPA or GRE scores. However, most
    applicants we accept have a minimum GPA score of 3.5 and minimum GRE scores of 500 for verbal
    and 500 for quantitative. Lower scores do not necessarily prevent you from getting accepted and
    higher scores do not necessarily mean you will get accepted. Scores are important but we look at the
    entire application when making our decisions.


Career Opportunities:

 “The public is increasingly aware of geography’s relevance in an age of globalization, international instability, and accelerating environmental change. Additionally, geographic information science (GIScience) has exploded, making fundamental changes in the analytic capability of the discipline. The demand of trained geographers exceeds the supply. The Department of Geography offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Master of Science degree. The BA and BS degrees prepare graduates for career paths in the broad fields of environmental science, or for entrance into the MS program. New faculty, new courses, a revitalized curriculum in our areas of emphasis make this an exciting time to be in Geography at UNM (from UNM Department of Geography brochure).”   A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. Master's degree qualifies you for community college teaching and advancement in industry and government. Ph.D. is required for research and teaching positions in colleges and universities and senior positions in government and industry. Some positions might require a JD.  


Contact Information:

Maria Lane: Academic Advisor
(505) 277-4075
mdlane@unm.edu