2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
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2010-2011 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography, MA

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Graduate Program

The Graduate School of Geography has awarded more doctorate degrees than any other geography program in the United States. We invite applications for admittance to our program from students interested in pursuing a PhD degree. Students are not accepted for master’s studies only, although many choose to earn that degree en route to the doctorate, and the M.A. is also available to those who leave the program early. For information on the Master of Arts in Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment,  please see the program’s Web site at www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/gis.

Applicants with or without prior training in geography are welcome to apply to the PhD program.  This normally takes five years to complete, including writing and defending a dissertation. Depending on their concentrations, students may be required to improve their knowledge of geography, cartography, quantitative methods or research methods. Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical) are required of all American and Canadian students, as well as international students who are in an academic program where English is the first language. TOEFL scores or results of another English proficiency test and the TOEFL test of spoken English (TSE) are required for students from countries in which English is not the first language. The deadline for graduate applications is December 31. All applicants receive careful consideration from a faculty-student admissions committee, which meets early in the spring semester to evaluate candidates. For further information and/or application materials (which may be downloaded), please view our Web site at www.clarku.edu/departments/geography or contact Brenda Nikas-Hayes, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, in writing or by telephone: (508) 793-7337 or 7336; fax: (508) 793-8881; or e-mail: BNikasHayes@clarku.edu.


Hilary Laraba:  Managing Editor, Economic Geography

Beverly Presley, A.M.L.S.: Map and Geography Librarian


Graduate Requirements

This program, offered in collaboration with the Department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE), teaches students to become professionals in careers where they apply the world’s most advanced computer mapping and spatial analysis technologies to address crucial issues concerning socioeconomic development and environmental science and policy. The program focuses specifically on applications of geospatial technologies to problems of sustainable development and the environment, such as:

  • Public health and environmental justice
  • Global change and earth system monitoring
  • Land use change
  • Food security and humanitarian assistance

Learn more about the M.A. in GISDE by following the links below:

Program overview
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