Master's Degree

Geography (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The MA in Geography is designed to give graduate students the ability to analyze social processes and the physical environment across a range of cultures and historical periods, using appropriate methodologies and data management techniques. The program is especially designed to give students insights into a variety of regional social, environmental, and economic problems, and to exploit the strong international connections that the geography faculty have established. The program aims to provide rigorous training that prepares MAs for entry into Ph.D. programs at UTSA and elsewhere, and to offer career advancement for terminal MA students from the city and region. Faculty will encourage students to become involved in professional geography through pertinent internships, conference presentations, publication, and membership in the Association of American Geographers.

Why pursue a Master of Arts in Geography at UTSA?

  • We have a diverse and highly trained faculty who offer a range of courses in human and physical geography and geographic methods.
  • We emphasize obtaining research skills that are in demand in the public and private sectors.
  • We are developing study abroad opportunities in Latin America and Europe.

Requirements and Specific Deadlines

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 33 for the thesis student and 36 for the non-thesis student.

Admission Requirements and Pre-Requisites:

The applicant must have completed at least 18 semester credit hours (12 at the upper-division or graduate-level) in Geography or a related field. These should include an undergraduate methods course and a GIS course prior to taking the cognate graduate courses. For entry as a degree-seeking student, applicants should have at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate and graduate work. All applications are evaluated by an internal review committee to determine compliance with University and program requirements. Admission is competitive; thus, satisfying the requirements does not guarantee admission.

Graduate Studies Application:  Yes.

Department Application:  Yes, if applying for Departmental Financial Aid.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: The GRE is recommended for admission into the program.

Resume or CV:  Recommended.

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required.

Statement of Purpose:  Required (750-1000 words).

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- July 15

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Student Development Specialist, Political Science and Geography: Andrea Aleman
Email: Andrea.aleman@utsa.edu 
Telephone:
210-458-4627

Graduate Program Coordinator, Geography: Dr. John Morris
Email: john.morris@utsa.edu  
Telephone: 
210-458-5603

Discipline Coordinator, Geography: Dr. Richard Jones
Email: richard.jones@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-5612

Career Options

  • Former students are urban and regional planners, environmental analysts, GIS specialists, Foreign Service officers, and teachers of geography at the high school and college level. 
  • Students are obtaining advanced graduate training at widely-recognized graduate programs, nationwide.

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Most graduate courses are offered in the evening in the 6:00 – 8:45 time slot. Some courses may also be offered during the daytime.

Research Opportunities

  • Opportunity to present at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition.
  • Opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.
  • Thesis option available.

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