Recommendations for acceptance and assistantships are based on academic records, the GRE, experience, statement of purpose, and references.

A BA/BS in geography, environmental science, or a related discipline is normally required for admission into the MS and PhD programs.

Admission also requires a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in previous coursework and a minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Under exceptional circumstances, admission may be considered if a student satisfies only one of the two scoring criteria, but has notable experiences and outstanding recommendations.


Find an Advisor

Before formally applying to our graduate program, applicants must contact a member of the faculty that shares their academic interests. Students should formally apply to the program only after receiving approval from their potential advisor. No students are admitted without support from a potential advisor.

Complete the Application

To apply, complete the UA Graduate School’s online application. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, applicants to geography graduate programs need to complete the items on the Geography Application Checklist. In the statement of purpose letter, be sure to include why you wish to earn a graduate degree and why our program is a good fit for you. You should also clearly state which faculty  member has agreed to serve as your advisor.

Meet the Deadline

For full consideration for admission, applications should be received by February 15. Although later submissions may be considered for admission, applications not completed by the deadline will not typically be considered for assistantships.

Applications for assistantships in the fall semester should also be received by February 15.

For additional information about admission to graduate programs in geography, contact Justin Hart, our graduate admissions director.