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Geography (M.A.)

Western Illinois University

80 percent of students receive graduate assistantship. Faculty mentor students throughout their study in the department. Offer internship opportunities.


School of Graduate Studies Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Geographic Information Sciences
Tillman 312, 1 University Circle
Macomb, Illinois, 61455, United States

What We Offer

Summary

Graduate students develop a complete understanding of GIS concepts, methods, and technologies applicable to social and environmental problems, and become skillful in GIS data, GIS analysis, GIS tools, cartographic design (map-making), and GIS project handling: designing, management, reporting, and presentation. These skill sets can be used to address real-world problems in planning, economic development, conservation of resources, and many more.

The requirements are flexible, allowing for preparation for further graduate studies or for positions in industry, business, or government. Our WIU GIS Center offers internship opportunities.


Academic Fields

City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
Environmental Studies.
Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
Geography, Other.

Degrees

Master's Degree, MA (changes to MS in 2020), Master of Arts in Geography (changes to Master of Science in GIScience and Geoenvironment in 2020)


Formats

Full Time, Part Time, On-Campus

Keywords

GIS Analyst, Urban Planner, Environmentalist, and Cartographer

Contacts

Gretchen Sullivan

Gretchen Sullivan
Assistant Director, WIU School of Graduate Studies
gl-sullivan@wiu.edu
gl-sullivan@wiu.edu
309-298-1806

Prof. Samuel Thompson

Prof. Samuel Thompson
Department Chair
s-thompson@wiu.edu
s-thompson@wiu.edu
309-298-1648

Who We're Looking For

Summary

Independent thinking students with background in Geography or related fields. However, non-geography degree students can join the program. In the past we have trained students who joined the program with non-geography degrees such as Business, History, Political Science and Forestry, etc.

Students with GRE score are given high consideration for funding.

We also offer two Post-Baccalaureate Certificates: Community Development and Planning and GIS Analysis. Applicants for admission to the Department of Geography must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Admission to the department is contingent upon successful completion of undergraduate course work.
In terms of deficiencies, students without adequate knowledge of the fundamentals of Geography will be required to complete two introductory courses.


Academic Backgrounds

Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
Geography.
Geography, Other.
Geography Teacher Education.

Target GPA

B+ = 3.0-3.2

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