Geography - M.A. and Ph.D. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography
413 McGilvrey Hall
The curriculum for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography meets the needs of students who expect to continue with a professional career in academic or applied fields such as business, environmental or social planning, geographical information systems or cartography in private or governmental agencies. Students are exposed to geographic thought, research techniques and topical specialties, and are prepared to conduct original research.
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M.A.: The curriculum for the M.A. degree is designed to meet the needs of students who expect to continue with a professional career in academic or applied fields such as business, environmental or social planning, geographical information systems or cartography in private or governmental agencies. Students must complete GEOG 60800, 69004 and two techniques courses as well as other courses suggested by their thesis advisory committees*. Students may elect to write a thesis or two research papers.
*Students who earned their bachelor's degree at Kent State University and have taken the undergraduate equivalents of any techniques courses listed can count these towards the techniques courses requirement. Note that these courses taken at the undergraduate level will not count towards the total degree course hour requirement, only that additional techniques courses will not be required.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Engage in independent research projects by means of Ph.D. level independent research courses. Geography will encourage Ph.D. degree candidates to engage research projects with faculty members' guidance. By carrying out independent research projects, Ph.D. degree candidates will be able to acquire experiences in formulating research problems, reviewing relevant literature, designing g research methodology, analyzing research data, and formulating results from academic research. Objective: Geography will increase3 our support to Ph.D. degree candidates to attend national and international conferences. This will allow degree candidates more opportunities to interact with researchers in their fields and to present their own works for comments and suggestions from experts in their fields.
Candidacy examinations are taken after the dissertation proposal is approved by the committee. This should be completed by the end of the second year of doctoral study.
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