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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.
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.
Requirements and Deadlines
- Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree with 18 credit hours (12 at the upper-division or graduate-level) in Geography or related field.
- Other Degree Requirements: Courses 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 coursework.
- For more information about program requirements, please refer to theGraduate Catalog.
- General University Requirements:A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program (at least one of these must be from a college or university professor who can discuss and evaluate specifically your academic qualifications and potential for graduate-level study).
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose (750-1000 words) indicating your interests and goals in studying geography.
- Test Scores: None.
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- 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.
- Opportunity to present at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition.
- Opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.
- Thesis option available.