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How long will it take?

36 credit hours are required.

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Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer.


Geosciences, M.S., Geography Concentration

The Master of Science in Geosciences with a Geography concentration allow students to specialize in urban studies, geospatial technologies or physical geography/environmental studies. Thesis and capstone tracks are available.

The Department of Geosciences is distinctive because it spans the social and physical dimensions of environmental and resource issues, with a special focus on urban communities.

Our faculty have expertise in the social and environmental dimensions of water, environmental geochemistry and global climate change. We are also expanding our Geographic Information Science research and teaching to better represent and describe the complexity of social and environmental concerns.

Joining forces with our students and community partners, we tackle the interrelated environmental and social challenges of the 21st century that involve the quality, quantity and sustainable use of our natural resources.

Program Highlights

Our interdisciplinary department is part of a diverse, expanding research university. Georgia State’s location in downtown Atlanta provides access to government agencies at local, state and federal levels, nonprofit organizations, private industry and a wealth of environmental and technical consulting firms.

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Program Details

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geosciences has the following admission requirements for the Geography Concentration:

  • Applicants to the M.S. degree program in Geosciences with Geography concentration must submit three letters of recommendation from professional sources.
  • What fields, research areas or topics in Geosciences (Geography, Geology and/or Water Sciences) interest you and why? Which faculty members in our department do you see as potentially providing guidance in helping you to pursue graduate studies in these fields? (max 200 words)
  • In your graduate studies, what research approaches and methodologies (i.e. lab, field, modeling, interviews, ethnography, critical digital, GIS, etc.) are you most interested in working with? (max 200 words)
  • What professional and personal goals motivate you to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University? How will this program help you to achieve these goals? (max 200 words)
  • What preparation or experiences have you had that will help you succeed in this graduate program? Please feel free to include examples from outside educational and academic arenas. (max 300 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything in your academic record that is not representative of your potential success in graduate school? Have you had to overcome any hardships or obstacles in your development as a scholar that we should consider as we evaluate your application materials? If so, please feel free to provide any details that you wish to share. (max 200 words)

Review the general requirements for applying to Graduate School at Georgia State.

Students in the geography concentration can choose from a broad range of courses that prepare them for research or professionals careers. Areas of specialization include urban studies, geospatial technologies, or physical geography/environmental studies.

Students can choose between a thesis research option or capstone project.

For more details about the required coursework, consult the course catalog.

The department offers teaching assistantships to qualified applicants. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about research assistantship opportunities with faculty who match their research interests.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire skills in data collection and analysis, data visualization and cartography, allowing them to pursue employment in the public or private sector, or to go on to seek a doctoral degree.



Our students are prepared to work in a variety of fields related to the geography specialty. They are also equipped to pursue doctoral studies. Our Geosciences graduates work in roles that include:

  • Urban planners
  • Geographic information scientists
  • Community planners
  • Environmental researchers
  • Environmental consultants
  • Climatologists


Department of Geosciences
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Langdale Hall, Suite 730
Atlanta, GA 30303


Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.