MA in Geography

The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research, and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large.

Students can pursue one of five tracks:

  • General geography.
  • Cartography and geographical information systems (GIS).
  • Environmental and resource management.
  • Urban planning and applied geography.
  • Race and ethnicity.

A bachelor's degree in geography is not required for admission to the graduate program, but students without a geography background may be required to take additional courses for completion of the MA. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in watershed studies and management is available, as well as an accelerated BA + MA track.

Degrees Offered

MA in Geography

Professional Development

Students are trained to pursue a doctoral degree and enter careers in the industry. The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in:

  • Resource management and sustainability.
  • Water resources.
  • Flooding and watershed impacts.
  • Environmental hazard assessment.
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Population health GIS.
  • Urban and retail planning.

The curriculum is diverse and highly flexible. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies for a broadened academic perspective, as well as additional practical training in areas such as conservation, environmental management, economic development and international studies.

After You Graduate

Many graduates of the program continue to work toward a Ph.D., while others enter the industry. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in regional or urban planning with government agencies or private industries.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for a graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University.
  • Have earned, at a minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career.
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail").
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail").
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials.

For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee.
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended.
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official GRE scores.

International students must also submit the following materials.

For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form.
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.).
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores).

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 33

International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 50%


Fall: January 15 (Funding) / May 15

Spring: October 15 (Funding) / January 15

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