M.Sc. On Campus


Pennsylvania State University

12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Programs in Geography at Pennsylvania State University may be directed toward a career in public service, teaching and research, private industry, or one of the many other vocational opportunities open to geographers.


Students typically concentrate their study on topics that fall within the special skills and interests of the faculty. Current specialties at Pennsylvania State University include biogeography; cartography; climatology; cultural geography; development studies; economic geography; environmental governance; feminist geography; geo-computation; geographic education; geographic information science; geographic theory; geographic visualization; health geography; human dimensions of global change; landscape ecology; nature and society; political ecology; political geography; population geography; remote sensing; and urban geography.

Our department is organized around the following research clusters: spatial modeling and remote sensing; geospatial big data analytics; environmental change and prediction; justice, ethics, and diversity; population, environment, and governance; and food security and human health.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the core theories and methods in geography as well as deeper knowledge of three out of four subfields. Graduates will demonstrate specialized knowledge within their chosen sub-field: Human Geography, Environment-Society, Physical Geography, or Geographic Information Science.
  • Graduates will be able to creatively synthesize theory and literature within their field of specialization. They will be able to generate new ideas and if appropriate formulate hypotheses in geographic knowledge. Graduates will be able to select from a range of methodological options and create a research framework to provide solutions to geographical problems.
  • Graduates will be able to carry out independent, original, and ethical research that addresses problems in the subfields of geography.
  • Graduates will be able to critically analyze work in their field of specialization.
  • Graduates will be able to convey ideas or arguments in a professional manner with clear, concise, well-organized papers, proposals, and oral presentations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Scholarship in Geography
  • Feminist Methodology
  • Seminar in Physical Geography
  • Seminar in Human Geography
  • Human-Environment Seminar
  • Wetlands Ecology and Management
  • Seminar in Geographic Information Science
  • Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security
  • Geovisual Analytics
  • Open Web Mapping
  • Conservation GIS

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission, as well as a personal statement.
  • Students with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course work in geography or a related discipline will be considered for admission to the M.S. program.
  • All students are expected to demonstrate breadth across the discipline of geography.

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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  • National

    23082 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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