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Master in Geography

Students may pursue either the Master of Arts (M.A.) or the Master of Science (M.S.) to prepare for careers in the private or public sector, as a step to a Ph.D. program, or for personal enrichment. The Geography program is offered at Portland State University.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The Portland State University Geography program requirements are few and flexible, and students work closely with their advisors to design a course of study tailored to their interests. Many incoming graduate students enter the program with a degree in a field other than geography; we welcome applications from students regardless of major.

Faculty research and teaching interests encompass a wide range of subjects, approaches, and regions. Our students are similarly diverse in the research they choose as the basis for their master’s degrees.

We teach and conduct research across a broad range of subjects, with particular strengths in the study of water, climate, the urban-rural interface, mountains, society-environment studies, and Geographic Information Science. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty to discuss their interests and research opportunities in the process of identifying a prospective advisor.


Courses Included

  • Geographic Research and Applications
  • Geographic Thought
  • Qualifying Review
  • Research-paper option
  • Thesis option