Western Illinois University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Geography at Western Illinois University offers the Master of Arts degree oriented on a core of balanced training in four areas: (1) theory and methodology, (2) physical geography, (3) cultural geography, and (4) regional geography.


The requirements are highly flexible, allowing a student to arrange programs of study that will serve as a basis for further graduate study or to prepare for positions in industry, business, or government. It is possible for students, through internship experiences and/or specific course combinations, to enhance their career opportunities in areas such as regional and rural planning or geographic information systems (GIS). Areas of emphasis include rural and urban planning, GIS, and environmental.

Possible Careers

Federal, state and local governments, private sector - retailing, weather forecasting, GIS technician, transportation, nature conservation, etc.

Why Choose Geography at Western Illinois University?

Geography at WIU prepares students to be academically successful. The department instills in students technical, analytical and conceptual skills, which are paramount in understanding the spatial dimension of both physical and human phenomena. Students are able to achieve their academic goals by specializing in GIS, rural, urban, community or environmental planning, to mention a few. The geography curriculum provides students an excellent competitive advantage in preparing for the workplace or further studies. A high proportion of our students go on to graduate work, in geography or cognate fields, while others enter some of the best Ph.D. programs in the country.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods I
  • Fundamentals of GIS Analysis 
  • Research Methods 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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