Master of Arts (MA) and Science (MS) degree programs in Geography prepare students (1) for occupations in several aspects of Geography or (2) for more advanced studies at the Ph.D. level. The Masters programs give students the opportunity to study specific areas of Geography in depth. Typical focus areas include: Climatology; Land Surface Processes; Human, Cultural, and Environmental Geography; Geographic Education; and Geographic Methods (such as geographic information system, data analysis). Masters students at Delaware benefit from close interaction with both faculty and each other. Cooperation among the Geography Department and several other University departments and colleges (e.g., the College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy, and the College of Marine and Earth Studies) also provides Masters students with excellent interdisciplinary opportunities.
Graduate Program Policy
Rules, Policies, Guidelines, and Exceptions
Completion of a Bachelors degree in Geography or other closely related discipline with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75.
A combined score of at least 1050 on the Quantitative and Verbal Sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Strong letters of recommendation from at least three former professors or supervisors.
Students applying for the MS program additionally are expected to have a basic, university-level background in science and quantitative analysis.
Prospective students who do not have an appropriate bachelors degree or who have other deficiencies, may be admitted on a provisional basis. Once assigned provisions have been satisfied or remedial work completed a student will be granted full admission to the appropriate Masters program.
Guidelines for the Masters Programs
Master of Arts (MA) and Science (MS) students are expected to develop an in-depth knowledge of at least one substantive area as well as an appreciation for Geography's main themes. Mentioned above, Masters students usually focus on Climatology; Land Surface Processes; Human, Cultural, and Environmental Geography; or Geographic Education. Students also are encouraged to develop facility with geographic methods. For MS students, this typically involves a mix of course work in mathematics, statistics and computational methods. Each student's program, nevertheless, is tailored to support his or her interests within Geography. As the MA and MS programs are flexible (to accommodate students' interests), it is most important that students meet regularly with an advisor to plan their program and evaluate their progress.
Masters students are ordinarily enrolled for at least two continuous years beyond the bachelors degree, although thesis research sometimes requires an effort beyond two years. Most students take at least half of their course work within the Department and complementary courses in allied disciplines. A minimum of 24 graduate-level course-credit hours are required. A masters thesis also is required and students earn six graduate credits upon its completion. Thirty graduate credits are acquired in this way and this is the minimum number needed for graduation. It additionally is every Masters student's obligation to present a public lecture in the Department on aspects of his or her thesis research.
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