Geographic Information Science (M.A.Geo.)

M.A.Geo. Geographic Information Science (Master's)

The M.A.Geo program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to solve real-world problems with a geographical dimension.

Program Overview

Working closely with a dedicated faculty that is recognized nationally and internationally for its research, mentoring, and teaching accomplishments, students embark on a journey of professional development that includes research and teaching opportunities. The department also hosts or plays key roles in several international, national, and university-wide research centers.

Students learn theories and real-world problem-solving skills in environmental, physical, and human geography, geographic information sciences, and geographic education.

Course Work

The M.A.Geo program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to solve real-world problems with a geographical dimension. Students complete 33 credit hours, including core and skills courses, as well as electives in one of four areas of specialization: general geography, geography resource, and environmental studies, geographic information science, or geographic education (100% online). A research paper is required to complete the degree.

DegreeHoursThesis OptionMinor Option
Thesis Option
Minor Option
No minor

What Our Alumni Say

“The personal commitment of the faculty to each individual student promotes academic self-growth, and the program's holistic approach to geography allows students to prepare for professional paths suited to their interests and aspirations.”

— Laura Engells, M.A.Geo. ’16

Program Details

Our master’s students have been recognized with research awards and academic scholarships at the international, national and regional levels, and have pursued professional careers or joined doctoral programs at Texas State and elsewhere.

Program Mission

The mission of the Department of Geography is to offer students educational experiences of the highest quality and to conduct meaningful and vital research. The department is committed to outstanding teaching and scholarly activities within the framework of academic freedom and the diversity of ideas and is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and to public service. The department stresses the theoretical and applied realms of geography in all of its curricula, leads the discipline with innovative applied work, and actively seeks to recruit top students nationally and internationally.

Related Programs: M.A.Geo and M.S. in Geography M.A.Geo in Geography Resource & Environmental Studies


Career Options

M.A.Geo graduates typically pursue professional careers in environmental management, GIScience, physical and environmental geography, and planning. Alumni work in the private or public sector, in federal agencies or research centers, or have continued to the Ph.D. level.

Program Faculty

Full-time faculty members conduct research in physical, human, and environmental geography, geographic education, and geographic information sciences, and publish in top-tier journals, including the Annals of the American Association of GeographersThe Professional GeographerUrban GeographyPhysical Geographythe International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences, and the Journal of Geography. Faculty research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, among other funding agencies.

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Ronald Hagelman, III
Evans Liberal Arts (ELA), Room 335

Advisor Support
Allison Glass
Evans Liberal Arts (ELA), Room 127


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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. CitizenInternational
Fall - Priority
U.S. Citizen
February 1
February 1
Fall - Standard
U.S. Citizen
May 1
April 15
U.S. Citizen
October 15
October 1

This program's deadline is firm. This type of deadline means the application and other application requirements must be submitted by the program's specified deadline day.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a 3.2 overall GPA or a 3.2 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses) Effective spring 2025: a 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
    • background course work

    Once admitted, M.A.Geo. students wishing to transfer to the M.S. program must complete nine graduate hours with a 3.6 GPA or better and work with the graduate advisor to determine eligibility of transfer.

  • GRE

    • GRE not required

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo Scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

    • resume/CV
    • statement of purpose identifying your preferred degree and concentration and possible areas of research
    • three letters of recommendation

    Review important information about documents.

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