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Graduate Programs

We offer three different graduate degrees: an MA in geography, a PhD in geography and an MS in geographic information science. 

Serving a graduate student body of about 75 students, we are able to provide small classes, individual advising, competitive financial aid packages, job-placement assistance and the chance to develop rewarding relationships with faculty, staff and other students.

Graduate students are also encouraged to take advantage of numerous opportunities for field training through a range of trips and field courses, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Master's
A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study, typically requiring one to two years of full-time study. To pursue a master’s, you’ll need an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. Many degrees are specialized to prepare you to enter the job market as a highly qualified applicant or work as an educator in your field.
Doctoral
A doctoral degree is the highest achievable graduate degree, preparing students to work in the upper echelons of their field as either practitioners or educators. Many doctoral candidates complete a dissertation, thesis or project based off original research, defending their work in front of a committee of experts. Others take rigorous coursework that prepares them for professional practice and licensure.
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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geographic Information Science

MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Science in geographic information science (GIS), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is designed for students interested in careers in geotechnology. The program provides in-depth study of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Digital solutions and data analysis are increasingly essential in the way we understand geography, cartography and how they relate to human activity. These systems can be used to gain insight into the patterns and trends that define our relationship to our environment.

Because the insight students can acquire through geographic information has important ramifications for policy and decision making, there may be a healthy job market for students upon graduation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for graduates with geotechnological skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024. Some of our recent graduates have found work in both private industry and government.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

MA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Arts in geography offers areas of emphasis in physical geography, human geography and human-environment interaction. Alumni with human geography emphases can go on to careers with state and local planning agencies, developers, consulting firms and private industry in Colorado and elsewhere. Those with interests in physical geography have found employment in federal and state agencies, environmental consulting firms and private enterprises. Human-environment interaction students have opportunities to pursue careers on both sides, and are particularly suited to work to advance sustainability and responsible resource usage.

As you move through the program, you'll take part in rigorous coursework and research, culminating in a thesis project. Small classes and personal attention from your professors will give you the opportunity to take advantage of expert support from our faculty and staff, and you'll also collaborate and work closely with your fellow students. Opportunities for field training abound, both in the U.S. and abroad, and we'll help support you with career goals so you're best able to utilize your skills.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's PhD in geography includes areas of emphasis in biogeography, climatology, cultural geography, economic geography, environmental change, geographic information science, geomorphology, human environment interaction, Latin America, population, Quaternary studies, transportation geography, water resources and urban geography. The PhD is the highest achievable degree in the field, and students in the program will be expected to produce a high-quality dissertation of substantial scope. Students who achieve the PhD can pursue careers in higher education, with federal and state agencies, and in a range of other fields requiring specialized geographic knowledge.

The department's modestly sized graduate population leads to many advantages: small classes, personal attention, and the chance to develop rewarding relationships with faculty, staff and other students. The department also features excellent facilities and resources, with updated offices, labs and classroom spaces. It also offers numerous opportunities for field training through a range of trips and field courses, both in the U.S. and abroad.