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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.

Degree Requirements

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 Prerequisites:

 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).
  • For more information about program requirements, please refer to theGraduate Catalog.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a 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 Not Required.
 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 Not Required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

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.

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.

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Andrea Aleman
Telephone: 210-458-4627

Graduate Program Coordinator, Geography: Nazgol Bagheri

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.