M.A. On Campus

Geography and Urban Studies

12 months
1381 USD/credit 49716 USD/year
1381 USD/credit 49716 USD/year
1004 USD/credit 36144 USD/year
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The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts degree.


The Geography and Urban Studies program at Temple University prepares students for further study and for careers in academia, community organizing and social change efforts, economic development, environmental management, geographic systems management, and planning and public administration. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the development of research techniques and analytical skills applicable to problem solving.

Areas of Specialization: The graduate program in Geography and Urban Studies emphasizes study and research in the areas of environmental issues, gender and race, geographic methods, international development, social and spatial theory, and urban development. Areas of applied work include cartography, environmental analysis, geographic information science, land-use planning and management, and regional development. The Department offers students a chance to be trained in geographic information science in a research laboratory equipped with the latest technology.

Future Career

Graduates have continued their education by pursuing doctoral degrees in some of the nation's most prestigious Ph.D. programs. Graduates also find employment in public sector agencies that deal with environmental planning, land use, and urban problems. In addition, they work for quasi-public social service institutions that address various needs of urban residents, as well as for private sector firms whose business requires an understanding of urban and spatial dynamics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geographic Inquiry
  • History and Theory of Urban Studies
  • Public Policy for Urban Regions
  • Critical Issues in Globalization, Sustainability, and Social Justice
  • Urban Social Geography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Take a standardized test 
  • Complete online application
  • Letters of Reference: 3
  • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration
  • Statement of Goals: Approximately 500 to 1,000 words include why you are interested in Temple's Geography and Urban Studies program; your research and academic goals; your future career goals; your academic and research achievements; and any other information that you believe will be helpful in evaluating your application. 
  • Resume: Current resume required.
  • Writing Sample: At its discretion, the Graduate Admissions Committee may request a writing sample.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    49716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1381 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    49716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1381 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    36144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1004 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 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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