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Geography

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

M.A.
12 months
Duration
13328 USD/year
13328 USD/year
3252 USD/year
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About

The Geography program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte emphasizes the application of skills, methods, and theories to solve geographic problems in contemporary society. To this end, students gain a solid foundation in spatial, locational, and planning theory, research methods (quantitative and qualitative), and Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T).

Overview

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.

Program Highlights

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

36 alternative credits

Delivered

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.
3.1
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
150 (verbal)
150 (quantitative)
3.5 (analytical)

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.
84
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).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    3252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1626 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.

Funding

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