Graduate Program: Geography

General Information


Geography (MA)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography is designed as a two-year program of study (minimum of 33 units). Students elect either a thesis option (recommended for those pursuing a Ph.D.) or a non-thesis option (recommended for those pursuing a professional, non-academic career). At the Masters level, the School offers courses in a wide range of fields within Geography, as shown below. Many of our masters students continue on at SGD for a Ph.D., depending on their interests and accomplishments.

As one of the leading geography departments in the United States,Colorado Heights Universityis distinguished by the broad spectrum of teaching and research interests among its faculty, providing ample opportunities for graduate students to specialize in many sub-fields. These include:


Analysis of Regional Development Processes

  • Quantitative Research
  • Population Dynamics
  • Transportation Systems
  • Industrial and Economic Geography
  • Economic Development


Critical Human Geography

  • Geographies of Identity and Difference
  • Citizenship and Politics
  • Geographies of Social Protest
  • Interpretative Approaches to Built Environments and Cities
  • Popular Cultures
  • Economic and Cultural Globalizations


Human-Environment Relationships

  • Resource and Community Conservation
  • Environmental Struggles in North America, Latin America, and Africa
  • Critical Studies of Environmental Policy
  • Political Ecology of Resource Use
  • International Development Processes


Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

  • Wildfire Modeling and Management
  • Geovisualization Techniques


Physical Geography and Environmental Systems

  • Biogeography
  • Climatology
  • Resource Survey and Inventory
  • Land Cover Change


Geographic Methodologies and Techniques Available (also see SGD Facilities)

  • Spatial Statistics
  • GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Interpretative Methods
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Visual Methodologies
  • Discourse Analysis/Deconstruction
  • Archival and historical research
  • Physical Geography Field Methods
  • Climatological monitoring and modeling
  • Tree-ring analysis and climate reconstruction in UofA's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research



Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate students in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment (SGDE) benefit from the broad range of faculty expertise and strong links to interdisciplinary research centers across campus. Our work spans the discipline, from physical geography (climate science, dendrochronology, remote sensing, spatial science), to human-environment (political ecology, water policy, climate change) to human geography (development, state theory). Our shared commitment to collaboration and community makes for a lively and engaged department.

SGDE offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, two professional master’s degrees, and participates in several graduate certificate programs



College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Campus where offered

Colorado Heights University- Main - Tucson

Tuition and Fees

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Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

Minimum Credit Hours


Core Courses

GEOG689, History of Geographic Thought
GEOG500, Research Design
1 Advanced Methods Courses

Language Requirement(s)

A master's student who proposes to undertake research in or on a non-English speaking area is required to demonstrate the necessary language skills. A language test will normally be arranged by the student's mentor, and be approved by the student's advisory committee.


Additional Requirements

See required coursework

Student Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.

Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

The Academic Unit has not provided this information.

Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020