Feb 01, 2023
Program Code: MA_237B
CIP Code: 45.0701
Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Geography (Non-Thesis Options)
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived; cover letter (not to exceed two pages) stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program.
*Students entering the graduate program without a baccalaureate degree in geography are required to make up deficiencies in the areas of physical geography, human geography, and geographic techniques in consultation with the graduate committee.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.
Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants with five or more years of relevant professional work experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and who submit a two-page written statement describing their long-term career goals.
Location: On Campus
Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information
Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program, but requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned bachelor’s degree or 3.3 or higher in an earned graduate degree. No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the program and by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .
Accelerated Master’s Program
This program offers an Accelerated Master’s option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.
Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Geography (Non-Thesis Option)
Total Required (Minimum 36 Hours)
Required Courses (6 Hours)
Concentration Requirements (30 Hours)
- 24 to 27 hours of interdisciplinary graduate electives
*The Internship will not be initiated until the degree Program of Study has been approved. The student will complete a research project dealing with the internship experience and an oral defense of the project in lieu of a thesis.
Other Requirements for the MA in Geography (Non-thesis)
- Thesis: Not required
- Proficiency: Not required
- Candidacy: Not required
- Comprehensive: Required
- Product of Learning: Not required