Program and Coursework. The program at the M.A. level continues the general training of the bachelor's degree, but also provides for the development of some concentration in preparation for employment or further study. Upon a student's admission to the department, the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) will appoint an advisor. Early in the first semester (preferably in the first week of classes), the student should meet with this advisor to outline a tentative program of coursework for the degree. Such programs should be solidified by the time of enrollment for the second semester and submitted to the GSC for approval. The student and advisor then continue to discuss and update programs each semester, bearing in mind that any substantive changes must be approved by the GSC. Program sheets are available in the department office and must be filed before the proposal defense can be scheduled. All candidates must pass a proposal defense and then submit and successfully defend a thesis in a final oral defense.  The course requirements are as follows:

General Coursework:

One course in each of the following areas of study:
Geographic Information Science
Human/Regional Geography
Physical Geography

Required Coursework:

805 (History of Geographic Thought).
 Two-day (non-credit) field trip before classes begin in the fall semester.
 980 (Seminar in Geography: Colloquium) for 1 credit hour during each of the first two semesters of residence at KU.


At least three courses in an approved area of concentration.  (Courses taken to meet the “general” requirement may not be double counted here.)


1–6 hours.

Total credit hours:

A minimum of thirty credit hours is required.

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