12 months
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
21592 USD/year
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Unearth and analyze the complex relationship between humans and their environment and the spatial dimensions of our world’s most pressing challenges with the Geography program at University of Nevada, Reno.


The Geography program at University of Nevada, Reno is a two-year program of study that allows students to pursue advanced coursework across a range of subfields of geography (see Department research areas) while conducting independent research or a professional project in coordination with a faculty adviser. Two degree plans are available: Plan A (31 credits) includes a thesis on original research; Plan B (36 credits) replaces the thesis with a professional paper.

Why chose geography at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Department of Geography faculty members possess a range of interdisciplinary strengths and expertise in the areas of human, human-environment and physical geography, supported by the use of computational technologies such as geographic information systems, remote sensing, modeling and data analytics. The faculty is renowned for its teaching and mentoring, with individual members having garnered university, state and national teaching awards.

Department research specialties span the full range of the discipline, including:

  • Hydrologic modeling
  • Urban and economic geography
  • Cultural and historical geography
  • Political geography and geopolitics
  • Qualitative methods
  • Human-Environment relations and political ecology
  • Urban and regional planning
  • GIS and geotechnologies
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography, wildlife, and landscape ecology
  • Natural resource management and conflict
  • Conservation science and planning
  • Paleoclimatology

These specialties in physical and human-environment geography are supported by a dendrochronology laboratory and palynology laboratory for paleo-climate reconstruction; the Nevada State Climate Office and geospatial and conservation laboratories that study biodiversity, ecosystems and urban growth patterns and processes using GIS, remote sensing and spatial statistics. The Department has multiple computational and data servers; two computer labs and equipment for field studies focusing on mountain environments, climatology, environmental reconstruction and water resources.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Nature of Geography
  • Advanced Geography Historical
  • Advanced Geography Cultural
  • Advanced Geography Economic
  • Advanced Geography Urban
  • Advanced Geography Regional

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH
  • Plan A (Thesis): 31 units
  • Plan B (Non-thesis): 36 units


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A graduate admission application form, including fees
  • An official copy of GRE scores (optional)
  • Official college transcripts
  • A statement of purpose and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5500 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

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