Geography, Applied (MS)

Master of Science in Applied Geography (AGEOMS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Geography and Geosciences
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Program Information

The Master of Science in Applied Geography is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and background knowledge needed to solve real-world problems with geographic dimensions. Graduate students experience a nucleated body of coursework designed to foster and support the theoretical knowledge and advanced skill sets demanded for the professional and academic/research fields. Coupled with the enhanced level of course content, quantitative, qualitative and spatial data analysis applications, and the departmental emphasis upon critical reasoning, effective writing and communication skills, graduates will be capable and prepared for effective integration into a broad diversity of professional fields.

Our course offerings and faculty research areas include geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, climatology and meteorology, urban and regional studies, quantitative and qualitative methods, medical geography, globalization, glaciology, hydrology and water resources, geomorphology, glaciology, transportation and location analysis, border security, land use/land cover change and the geography of food and race.

Geographic information systems (GIS) proficiency is required for all students. If not attained at the undergraduate level or in a job-related environment, students will be required to take GEOG 558 in addition to the coursework listed as program requirements. The department has state-of-the-art computer facilities with GIS and remote sensing software.

The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. Students who choose the non-thesis option are required to take a written comprehensive exam near the end of their course of study. Students may attend either full- or part-time.

Admission Requirements

Students from geography and related fields are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must have completed a BA or BS with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and successful students have a combined score of at least 1000 on the GRE. Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation addressing candidate skills and readiness for graduate study, as well as a letter of intent outlining educational goals.

All materials must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies: louisville.edu/graduate/apply.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Applied Geography is a 36-credit hour program with both a thesis and a non-thesis option.

Geographic information systems (GIS) proficiency is required for all students. If not attained at the undergraduate level or in a job-related environment, students will be required to take GEOG 558 in addition to the coursework requirements listed below.

Thesis Option

Required Foundation Courses15
History and Philosophy of Geography 1
Approaches & Methods in Applied Geography 1
Advanced Spatial Statistics in Applied Geography 1
Qualitative Methods in Applied Geography 1
Research Design and Proposal Development in Applied Geography
Electives at 500 or 600 level 215
Thesis6
Minimum Total Hours36

After the second semester, each thesis student will choose a thesis advisor and two other faculty members for a thesis committee. 


Non-Thesis Option

Required Foundation Courses15
History and Philosophy of Geography 1
Approaches & Methods in Applied Geography 1
Advanced Spatial Statistics in Applied Geography 1
Qualitative Methods in Applied Geography 1
Research Design and Proposal Development in Applied Geography
Electives at 500 or 600 level 221
Comprehensive Examination
Minimum Total Hours36

Non-thesis students will choose a three-member advising committee to administer and evaluate the comprehensive exam.