M.A. On Campus


University of Cincinnati

30 months
26644 USD/year
26644 USD/year
14902 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati has two MA degree options; an accelerated one-year, non-thesis program, and a two-year, thesis program.


The Geography non-thesis program offered by the University of Cincinnati has been structured primarily for students who have an undergraduate degree in geography and who desire to enter the job market upon completion of a masters program. The MA thesis program is recommended for students who wish to continue graduate work in a PhD program. 

Career Prospects

The MA thesis program also may be appropriate for students who do not have an adequate background in geography and who wish to take additional course work over a longer time period (2 years). Candidates for the Masters of Arts degree are expected to show broad mastery of the field, with a focus on the areas of departmental strength, including economic, urban and historical-cultural geography. Also available is a concentration in physical geography, with slightly different requirements and options. Students are expected:

  • to complete satisfactorily certain required courses and seminars,
  • to complete additional work in areas related to their special interests (either within or outside the department) and
  • to write a thesis and defend it successfully, or write a research paper and successfully conclude a field problem (non-thesis option).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative Geography and Spatial Statistics I 
  • Geography Staff Seminar 
  • Seminar: History and Philosophy of Geography 
  • Graduate Geography
  • Quantitative Geography and Spatial Statistics II 
  • Qualitative Methods in Geography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

To be fully considered for financial support, applications should be submitted by January 15.


34 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
150 (verbal)
150 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, commenting upon the student’s aptitude and potential for graduate studies and research
  • A short essay
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume
  • Academic/professional writing samples, which are encouraged but not mandatory

Tuition Fee

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    26644 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 26644 USD per year during 30 months.
  • National

    26644 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26644 USD per year during 30 months.
  • In-State

    14902 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14902 USD per year during 30 months.

Living costs for Cincinnati

1000 - 1650 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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