The Department of Geography offers theoretical and practical work in most subfields of geography, including physical geography (climatology, geomorphology and biogeography), human geography (political, social, economic, cultural, population and development geography), environment-society relations, geographic information science (GIS) (spatial analysis using GIS, remote sensing, computer cartography, GIS and society and geography education), as well as regional studies in Colorado, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Research may also be conducted at CU Boulder research institutes such as CIRES, INSTAAR, and IBS on the Boulder campus (see University of Colorado Boulder Catalog section on research institutes).
The minimum requirements for an MA in geography may be fulfilled by completing 30 semester hours of graduate work, including a thesis, which carries up to six credit hours, i.e., 24 hours of course work, which includes a minimum of four hours but not more than six hours of thesis. Masters students may, with the written approval of their advisor, use a maximum of six hours of 3000 or 4000 level course work (undergraduate upper division) to reach the required 30 hours.
The PhD requires 30 semester hours of graduate course work, a minimum of 30 hours of dissertation credit, demonstrated proficiency in one foreign language, completion of required geography courses and a successful dissertation defense.
Minimum Standards for Applicants
Submit GRE General Test scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) from exam taken within the last five years, scoring on average in the upper 50th percentile. Institution code: 4841. TOEFL required for international applicants with a minimum score of 75 internet-based.
December 1, 2016
December 1, 2016
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Geography
Graduate Program Assistant
Boulder, CO 80309-0260