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Graduate Degrees


PSU’s Geography Department offers several advanced degrees: the Master’s programs discussed below; a Ph.D. in Earth, Environment, and Society delivered through the Geography Department’s partnership in the School of the Environment; and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.


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 program requirements are few and flexible, and students work closely with their advisors to design a course of study tailored to their interests.

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. Over the next few years, we will have new hires replacing retiring faculty, but we expect to maintain a broad range of scholarly interests, with particular strengths in water, urban-rural interface, mountains, society-environment studies, and Geographic Information Sciences. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty to discuss their interests and research opportunities in the process of identifying a prospective advisor.

Minimum Requirements:
1. GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate degree work
2. GRE score of 297 (verbal & quantitative combined) on the current scale, or 1000 on the pre-2012 scale

For a full description of graduate program requirements, see the PSU Bulletin.

Please explore the information on this web site and contact us with your questions and for more information.

Graduate Advisor: 
Professor Barbara Brower
browerb@pdx.edu
503-725-8044; 800-547-8887, ext 5-8044