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Geography  Master's


What is Geography at WVU like?


Our Master of Arts in Geography provides students with cutting-edge training in the history and theory of geography, experience with advanced geographic research methodologies and specialized mentoring from faculty experts across the subdisciplinary fields of human geography, environmental geography and geographic information science.

The MA offers both a thesis and a project track. The thesis track is an in-depth research investigation, while the project track is a more structured and focused research undertaking. Students usually decide which track to pursue during their second semester of graduate study.

An MA requires 30 academic credit hours depending on the track selected and typically takes two years to complete. Applicants are required to list the names of potential advisors in their application and therefore should contact faculty in their proposed area of specialization before applying.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 15
Spring: August 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Geography at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Geography graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Two
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • The personal statement needs to clearly express the applicant's interests as they align with faculty expertise. Students must indicate a preferred graduate faculty advisor.

  • The GRE is optional.

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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