Online Master of Arts in Geography

Arizona State University’s Master of Arts in geography is designed to offer specialized academic and professional training in geography, allowing you to deepen your knowledge of the world and prepare for further specialization or immediate employment. In this program, you’ll focus on location — specifically the heart of geography, urban planning, climatology and GIS to develop research projects and solutions to geographical problems.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Is earning a master’s degree in geography from ASU Online worth it?

Yes. ASU Online’s Master of Arts in geography is one of the first of its kind, addressing an unmet need and making a higher degree in geography accessible to a larger population. Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, geography occupations are expected to grow between 7–10% through 2028, which is quicker than the average rate.

What skills will I learn in this geography master’s program?

 

In this master’s in geography program, you'll gain a deeper understanding of geographical locations and the relationship between people and their environments. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art research centers and work with world renowned faculty on diverse research projects, helping you strengthen your skills in specific geographical topics.

Can I tailor this geography master’s program to fit my interests?

 

Yes. In the master’s in geography, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your coursework to your personal interests. In the program, you’ll explore several topics in the field of geography, including research methods, spatial statistics, GIS methods, urban planning, climate change and more. You’ll also choose electives and create a capstone project, allowing you to dig deeper into specific topics you’re interested in.

Featured master’s in geography courses

The master’s in geography features a wide range of courses aimed to prepare you for a variety of roles after graduation. In this program, you’ll learn relevant issues relating to geography, research methods, GIS and more. To graduate from this program, you must also complete a geography capstone or a thesis. Courses include:


Core

Geodesign & Urban Planning


Core

Geographic Research Methods


Core

Geography Problems and Context


Core

GIS Methods for Non-Majors


Core

Multivariate Statistics for Social Sciences


Core

Seminar: Geography Colloquium


Core

Spatial Statistics for Geography and Planning


Elective

Geodesign & Urban Planning


What can I do with an online master’s in geography?

The master’s in geography equips you with several transferable skills, including research, communication, management, leadership, adaptability and team-working skills. Upon graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to further your education or work in a variety of industries. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

 

Cartographer

Geographer

GIS analyst

Environmental economist

Environmental scientist

Professor

Sociologist

Experienced instructors dedicated to informing future educators

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Experienced instructors dedicated to informing future educators

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Master’s in geography admission requirements

Applicants of the Master of Arts in geography program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

Additional admission information

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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