24 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret patterns in topographic, ecological, economic, and cultural data to deepen your understanding of social and environmental issues in different regions of the world with the Geography program of University at Albany.


The Geography program of University at Albany prepares you for careers in which you measure and study diverse phenomena related to human civilization, the earth’s surface, and subterranean resources. You can specialize in physical geography or human geography and globalization.

The curriculum covers topics such as environmental degradation, climate change, population density, and urban development. You also gain practical experience in geographic statistical analysis, digital mapping technologies, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing devices.

Program of Study

The master’s in geography offers a two-year thesis track or one-year, non-thesis track. Choose the thesis track if you intend to pursue further academic study or the non-thesis track if you are obtaining a master’s degree to advance your career in the field.

UAlbany is exceptionally strong in:

  • Climate and environmental systems
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Remote sensing
  • Cartography
  • Computer applications and spatial analysis
  • Urban, social, cultural, and economic geography

Areas of interest include Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, and East Asia. 

Career Outcomes

After completing the program, 98% of our graduates work in geography-related fields in education, business, government, and nonprofit organizations, and earn an average salary of $75,000 per year.

Sample job titles:

  • Cartographer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Market researcher
  • Post-secondary instructor
  • Town planner
  • Transport planner 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Study in Geography: Geographic Thought
  • Statistical Methods
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change
  • Energy, Environment, and Climate Change
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Geographic Information Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Albany

1010 - 1570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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