The Master of Science with a major in Geography is designed to give highly qualified students exposure to geographic theory and research at the pre-doctoral level. Programmatic emphases include Environmental Geography, Geographic Education, Geographic Information Science, and other specialty areas in geography represented by the current active research interest of the faculty.
The 30-hour curriculum includes three core courses (GEO 5301, GEO 5309, and GEO 7300), a master's thesis for 6 hours, and 15 hours of additional course work. Most of the course work options for completion of these 15 hours are those currently afforded to doctoral students. By taking these doctoral-level courses and interacting with doctoral students and Core Ph.D. Faculty, M.S. students will gain entry into the world of high-level academic and professional research in geography.
Graduates of the programs may qualify for admission into the Geography Ph.D. programs at Texas State or in doctoral programs in Geography at other universities. Those who do not wish to seek doctorates may be qualified for research-oriented positions with public-sector agencies and private-sector firms and for teaching in community colleges. All students are also subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the departmental graduate policies and procedures.
For more information, contact the Graduate Staff Advisor, Allison Glass-Smith.