Building on the strengths and research interests of the graduate faculty in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and colleagues across campus, there are five areas of concentration within the Geography program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte:
- Business Location and Transportation Analytics
- Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T)
- Human and Environmental Systems
- Urban and Regional Analysis
- Urban Planning
One of the program’s greatest strengths is the collaborative relationship between students and faculty. Research partnerships and a strong sense of community among students themselves are considered essential components of the learning and teaching environment in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and at UNC Charlotte more generally. An additional strength is community engagement with local partners. Students engage in service- or problem-based learning, participatory research and outreach with neighborhoods, and/or internships with local businesses, non-profits, and public agencies. Students are actively involved in research, scholarship, and professional development that is rigorous and reflective of real-world needs in the Charlotte community and beyond.
The geography program at UNC Charlotte is recognized as one of the best applied programs in the country enrolling on a competitive basis more than 30 students each year. Graduates go directly into jobs as professional geographers, planners, research and/or marketing specialists, location analysts, GIS&T specialists, and consultants in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.
An increasing number of M.A. in Geography graduates have also chosen to study at the Ph.D. level both within the doctoral program at UNC Charlotte and others across the county. Recognizing the distinctive nature of these two paths, a cornerstone of the program is that students are given the option to complete their degrees with either an applied capstone project or a more traditional research thesis.
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- Seminar in Geographic Theory and Practice
- Geographic Information Science and Technology
- Research Design Fundamentals
- Spatial Modeling for Social and Economical Applications
- Cartographic Techniques
- Selected Topics in Earth Sciences
- 12 months
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DisciplinesGeography Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Urban Planning View 216 other Masters in Geography in United States
- Under most circumstances, students admitted to the program must have: a B.A. or B.S. degree in Geography or field related to the primary emphases of the program
- Grade Point Average (GPA): an overall GPA above 3.1 (or a 3.1 for the last 2 years) and a GPA of 3.2 in the major.
- Transcripts of College Coursework
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum scores of 150 on both the verbal and quantitative sections and a 3.5 or above on the analytical portions
- TOEFL exam scores
- Three letters of reference are required
- Personal Essay: Applicants must write a personal essay which directly addresses why they wish to do graduate work in geography and why they wish to participate in the M.A. program at UNC Charlotte
International13328 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6664 USD per semester during 12 months.
National13328 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6664 USD per semester during 12 months.
In-State3252 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1626 USD per semester during 12 months.
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