24 months
1293 USD/credit 23274 USD/year
1293 USD/credit 23274 USD/year
388 USD/credit 6984 USD/year
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Graduates of the proposed M.A. program in Applied Geography and Geospatial Science from University of Colorado Denver will have the knowledge, training, and tools to become leaders in this rapidly growing field.


In the United States and around the world, balancing the preservation of the natural environment with the imperatives of economic development along with concerns for social well­being has led to a growing demand for broadly trained individuals who can identify and understand pressing social and environmental issues, collect and analyze relevant data, and develop and implement innovative solutions. 

What you'll study

The program’s research focus is human-environment interaction, a longstanding hallmark of the discipline of Geography. Within this area of critical geographic inquiry, the M.A. program in Applied Geography and Geospatial Science from University of Colorado Denver emphasizes geospatial science, a federally recognized STEM subject area that includes geographic information systems (GIS) as well as computer cartography, remotely sensed image analysis, and spatial statistics. Students apply their geospatial research skills in the context of hands-­on, faculty-­led research projects that stress professional development through community engagement and interactive service learning.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Students within the MA program will learn to connect key theories and concepts within the subfields of human and physical geography to real-world practical applications, while simultaneously gaining valuable geographic analytical skills.  

This will include underscoring the connections between environmental and health policies, environmental communication, outreach and education, community and economic development, natural resource management practices, biophysical processes and changes, geospatial analytic techniques and geographic information science and technologies. 

Upon completing the MA program, students will understand and appreciate geography for its capacity to provide a useful and robust forum for exploring, analyzing and responding to developments at the human-environment interface. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations Seminar in Human-Environment Interaction
  • Applied Spatial Statistics
  • Research Design
  • Community-Based Research Studio
  • Applied Spatial Statistics
  • Remote Sensing II: Advanced Remote Sensing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a graduate application
  • statement of purpose that articulates the goals of pursuing a graduate degree in this program
  • a minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from both professional and academic sources are accepted, though academic letters are preferred).
  • official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • the GRE is not​ required. However, applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA are welcome to submit GRE scores as further evidence of their qualifications

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    23274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    6984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 388 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Denver

1310 - 2220 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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