Geography, MA

Department of Geography & Geology, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The mission of the geography graduate program is to provide quality graduate education in physical geography, human geography and spatial analysis (GIS, cartography and remote sensing). The department offers a rich learning environment for students with close interaction between faculty and students, technology-enhanced instruction, and opportunities for fieldwork. Courses enhance student’s perception and appreciation of the earth’s human and physical environments as well as geography’s essential role in both understanding and navigating our increasingly interconnected world. The department, an active participant in its community, has ties throughout the city and state, leading to a wide variety of internship opportunities. The department is committed to providing students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed, be it in professional employment or further graduate education.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Christina Dando, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Durham Science Center (DSC) 271
402-554-3134
cdando@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

The Department of Geography/Geology offers graduate assistantships. Applications should be directed to the department and are due March 1 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester. The assistantship requires 20 hours per week of teaching or similar duties. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next available opening.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Applicants must have a GPA in geography of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Present as a prerequisite a minimum of 15 undergraduate semester hours of geography including physical and human geography and cartography, plus at least three hours in spatial analysis, quantitative methods or statistics;
  • Applicants for whom English is not the native language must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 if computer-based; 80 internet-based; 53 PTE, or 6.5 IELTS)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

Required Courses
GEOG 8000HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 8700RESEARCH METHODS3
An approved physical geography course3
An approved human geography course3
An approved techniques course3
Electives
May be completed in consultation with the graduate program chair or an area of concentration by be selected from the options below.9
Concentrations
See Geography, M.A. Concentrations.
GEOG 8990THESIS6
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses
GEOG 8000HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 8700RESEARCH METHODS3
GEOG 8026QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN GEOGRAPHY 13
An approved physical geography course3
An approved human geography course3
Electives
May be completed in consultation with the graduate program chair.21
Concentrations
See Geography, M.A. Concentrations.
Total Credits36
1

GEOG 8026: or an approved graduate level statistics course from another department

Exit Requirements:

  • Thesis Option- 6 hours GEOG 8990
  • Non-Thesis Option - Comprehensive Examination or Professional Conference
    • As an alternative to the oral and written non-thesis exams, a student pursuing the non-thesis option can instead present a paper or a poster at a professional conference. Poster or paper must be based on the student’s original research. Student must create a three-person committee and defend a research proposal first. The committee must be approved by the Graduate Studies Coordinator. Once their research is complete, their paper and poster or Powerpoint must be reviewed and approved by their committee. Once approved, the presentation or poster must be presented to the department before the conference and the Poster/Presentation Non-Thesis Option form completed. Student must then present at the conference and write up a one-page reflection of their experience presenting, giving the form and the reflection to the Graduate Studies coordinator.

Geography, MA Concentrations

Select an area of concentration (9 hours)

Courses offered through GEOG 8500 and GEOG 8600 will be submitted for inclusion in a concentration accompanied by a letter from the student's advisor or from the graduate program chair with the course title and specifying the concentration to which it applies.

Human Geography Concentration

GEOG 8126URBAN GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 8130SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG/WGST 8156GEOGRAPHY, GENDER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
GEOG 8210SEMINAR IN CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 8500SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY1-3
GEOG 8600INDEPENDENT RESEARCH1-3
GEOG 8650LAND USE3
GEOG 8800INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL/REGIONAL PLANNING1-6
GEOG 8906URBANIZATION IN DEVELOPING AREAS3

Physical/Environmental Geography Concentration

GEOG 8016CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES3
GEOG/BIOL/GEOL 8106BIOGEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 8266PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY3
GEOG 8326CLIMATOLOGY3
GEOG 8336SOIL GENESIS, MORPHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION4
GEOG 8346WATER RESOURCES3
GEOG 8500SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY1-3
GEOG 8580SOILS3
GEOG 8600INDEPENDENT RESEARCH1-3

Geographic Information Science and Technology Concentration

GEOG 8036COMPUTER MAPPING AND VISUALIZATION3
GEOG 8056GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I4
GEOG 8500SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY1-3
GEOG 8600INDEPENDENT RESEARCH1-3
GEOG 8636ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING4
GEOG 8640REMOTE SENSING ADVANCED CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS3
GEOG 8666GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II4
GEOG 8670CARTOGRAPHIC METHODS3
GEOG 8850GISCIENCE PRACTICUM3

Geospatial Database Concentration

Required Courses
GEOG 8056GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I4
GEOG 8666GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II4
Required Depending on Experience
Fall/Spring:
ISQA 8050DATA ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE (non-credit course)3
Required Courses in ISQA
Fall:
ISQA 8306DATABASE ADMINISTRATION3
Spring:
ISQA 8410DATA MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 8736DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS3
or ISQA 8525 GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN
Fall/Spring:
ISQA 8310DATA COMMUNICATIONS3
Fall/Summer:
ISQA 8380ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION3