Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies

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Program Description

Graduate students in geography and urban studies research environmental issues, gender and race, geographic methods, international development, social and spatial theory, and urban development. The MA degree is designed to prepare students for further graduate study as well as for professional positions related to urban and economic development, environmental sustainability and social justice. MA students have the option to pursue a graduate certificate in GIS with no additional coursework.

Develop research techniques and analytical skills to understand and address complex social issues specific to urban areas with the Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. 

Rapid urbanization and environmental problems are defining the 21st century. Students analyze critical problems in communities around the world through a theoretically informed and data-driven, integrative curriculum with multiple interdisciplinary perspectives.

In the 36-credit Geography and Urban Studies MA, you will research areas such as 

environmental issues, 

gender and race, 

geographic methods, including geographic information science, remote sensing, and qualitative research,

international development, 

social and spatial theory, and 

urban development. 

All courses take place at Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, allowing you to study at a university that is deeply ingrained in neighboring urban communities.

Temple’s Geography and Urban Studies Department is an intimate program in which professors lead small classes and guide students throughout their time in the program. The interdisciplinary expertise of the faculty includes black geographies, critical feminist geography, food systems, geographic information science, health geography, political ecology, sustainability science, urban studies and urban analytics. Learn more about Geography and Urban Studies MA faculty.

Graduates are prepared to pursue doctoral studies, careers in academia, or positions in community organizing and social change efforts, environmental sustainability, urban and economic development, and social justice.

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Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts prepares students to become innovators in all fields, across all industries. We are civic-minded, globally conscious creative thinkers, doers and risk-takers. We are home to more than 5,500 students across 28 departments and programs that offer a focused liberal arts college experience within a premier urban, research university. Read less