M.A. On Campus


The City University of New York

12 months
25650 USD/year
25650 USD/year
11090 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts in Geography with a range of courses in human geography, physical geography, regional geography, and geographic techniques and methods at The City University of New York. 


There are four broad concentration areas in the Geography program at The City University of New York: 

  • environmental studies
  • geographic information science
  • places and cultures
  • urban geography studies. 
The program accommodates students with a variety of professional backgrounds, and with academic training in social sciences, computer science, environmental science / engineering as well as traditional geography.

Learning outcomes

The program emphasizes geographic theory, skills, and analytical methodologies in urban, physical, and environmental geography, as well as geographic information science. A limited number of research, teaching, and college assistantships are available. 

The MA degree can be completed through either a thesis or a non-thesis option. Full-time students may be able to complete the M.A. within three semesters, but the average time for degree completion is three years. Many courses are offered in the evening to accommodate part-time and working students.

Career perspectives

An MA in Geography from Hunter can lead to employment with local and national governments, international agencies, non-government organizations, corporations, consultants and information technology companies. The New York area is home to diverse urban communities, dynamic economies and cultures, government structures of all levels (from local to international), and corporate headquarters. 

Located on Manhattan’s upper east side, Hunter College is close to these activities. Students who wish to continue graduate work at the PhD level will find themselves well prepared and equipped with the research and technical skills necessary for advanced research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geographic Thought and Theory
  • Geographic Research Design
  • Research Topics in Geography
  • Challenging Concepts in Earth Science: Using Research to Identify Common Misconceptions and Assess Student Learning
  • World Geography for Educators

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates must have a BA or BS or equivalent, an undergraduate GPA of at least a B minus, with a B average in the major, and (normally) the completion of at least 18 credit hours in geography. 
  • A lack of a background in geography will not impede admission, but the student is expected to gain basic knowledge of geography prior to graduation in consultation with the student’s adviser. It is recommended that students enter the program with knowledge of basic statistics. 
  • Foreign students whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. 
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25650 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    25650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25650 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11090 USD per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • Resident:  $470 per credit
  • Non-resident:  $855 per credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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