Geography, M.S.

Admission Requirements

M.S. applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate. Potential M.S. applicants must contact the department to ensure that their thesis research interests are compatible with at least one faculty member. In addition, M.S. applicants must:

  • Submit a statement of purpose/research interest with the graduate application;
  • Submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and/or resume with the graduate application;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (from employers or faculty members) with the graduate application;
  • Submit GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores with the graduate application;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or minimum GRE scores of: Verbal greater than or equal to 150 and Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 and Writing greater than or equal to 4.5).

M.S. applicants demonstrating potential but not meeting these criteria may be admitted to the M.S. program with permission from the faculty.

Graduate Assistantships

Applications for department research or teaching assistantships are available from the department website at www.marshall.edu/geography. For more information about graduate assistantships at Marshall University, please see www.marshall.edu/graduate.

For more information about other financial support, please see www.marshall.edu.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the master’s degree must meet the general requirements for the Graduate College and complete a minimum of 34 total credits.

Plan of Study

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College Dean before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.


 

Plan of Study

Required Courses
Select one GEO GIScience course from the following:3-4
Cartography & GIS
Principles of GIS
Location Analysis and GIS
GIS-Raster Analysis
Remote Sensing & Photogram
Enterprise GIS
GPS & Mobile Geospatial T
Drones:Remote Sensing & GIS
Applied GIS Projects
GIS Databases & Programming
Internship in Geography (using GIScience)
Special Topics (GIScience Topic)
Special Topics (GIScience Topic)
Special Topics (GIScience Topic)
Special Topics (GIScience Topic)
Independent Study (GIScience Topic)
Independent Study (GIScience Topic)
Independent Study (GIScience Topic)
Independent Study (GIScience Topic)
GEO 540Spatial Statistics and GIS 14
GEO 601Colloquium in Geography3
GEO 615Geographic Thought3
GEO 616Geographical Research Methods3
GEO 679Portfolio and Career Profile3
GEO 681Thesis6
Electives
Select 8-9 credits of the following:8-9
Geography of Appalachia
Geography of Europe
Political Geography
Population Geography
Geog of South & Middle America
Urban Geography
Environmental Geography
Cartography & GIS
Climatology
GIS-Raster Analysis
Remote Sensing & Photogram
Enterprise GIS
GPS & Mobile Geospatial T
Drones:Remote Sensing & GIS
Seminars in Geography
Seminars in Geography
Seminars in Geography
Problems in Environ Geog
Regions of North America
Applied GIS Projects
GIS Databases & Programming
Internship in Geography
Total Credit Hours33-35

Some GEO courses may not be listed here, but still count for credit in the program; see an advisor. Of the credit hours required for the degree, at least half must be at the 600 level.