Geography, M.A. | San José State University | San Jose, United States
12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Geography MA program from San José State University emphasizes human and physical geography with an emphasis in advanced learning in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) and urban geography.  


The Geography MA program from San José State University may also be a more generalized study of cultural, physical, or environmental geography.  The program closely follows the research interests of the geography faculty.  

Because of the small size of the faculty, most students follow an individualized program that includes courses and seminars in related disciplines, such as Environmental Studies and Urban and Regional Planning.  Although the department requires knowledge of the fundamentals of geography and GIS, it welcomes students whose undergraduate work has been in other disciplines, and who can apply their training to geographic problems. 

Graduates with Geography from San José State University will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and interpret published research on the theoretical foundations of geographical information science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain contemporary issues in geographic information science in the context of current theory.
  • Demonstrate the ability to define a research problem and design and execute a research program.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and interpret research results in the context of current theory.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate research results in written, graphic, and verbal form.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how geographic information science and technology may be applied to a variety of problems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geographic Information Technology 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Geographic Information Science Applications 
  • Advanced Geographic Techniques 
  • Spatial Analysis 
  • Cartography: Dynamic and Interactive Mapping
  • Geographic Information Systems: Project Development 
  • Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form
  • Two Letters Of Recommendation. 
  • Statement Of Purpose And CV/Resume
  • U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a country outside of the U.S. 
  • A 2.5 institutional GPA (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed, or a 2.5 GPA in the last two years of full time study
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended
  • English Language Proficiency Exam
  • International Coursework and Degrees
  • Submit U.S./Canada Transcripts
  • Submit Test Scores
  • Submit Declaration of Finance Form
  • Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement
  • Submit Copy of Current Passport
  • Submit Copy of Current Visa

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • Non-CA Resident tuition includes an additional $396 per unit.

Living costs for San Jose

1740 - 3150 USD /month
Living costs

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