University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Applied Geography and Geospatial Science


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Applied Geography and Geospatial Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In the United States and around the world, balancing the preservation of the natural environment with the imperatives of economic development along with concerns for social well­being has led to a growing demand for broadly trained individuals who can identify and understand pressing social and environmental issues, collect and analyze relevant data, and develop and implement innovative solutions.

Graduates of the Geography and Geospatial Science MA program will have the knowledge, training, and tools to become leaders in this rapidly growing field. The Program’s research focus is human­environment interaction, a longstanding hallmark of the discipline of Geography. Within this area of critical geographic inquiry, the program emphasizes geospatial science, a federally recognized STEM subject area that includes geographic information systems (GIS) as well as computer cartography, remotely sensed image analysis, and spatial statistics. Students apply their geospatial research skills in the context of hands­on, faculty­led research projects that stress professional development through community engagement and interactive service learning.


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Graduate Certificates available in environmental science education, geographic information science, or urban agriculture
  • Thesis and Non-Thesis options
  • Service-learning projects


Research Concentrations: Environment and Health, Climate Change, Cities and Nature, Food Systems, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Resource Conservation and Management, Spatial and Environmental Histories, Landscape Change

Professional Science Masters (PSM) Certification: This program is a certified Professional Science Masters (PSM) program that combines advanced training with professional engagement opportunities in science disciplines. 50% of the coursework is STEM qualified, and an additional 20% of coursework is focused on professional development.

Financial Support: The program does not offer financial assistance at this time, however there are three types of financial aid available: student hourly teaching assistantship; research assistantship positions funded by grants to specific program faculty; and the regular package of financial aid (primarily loans) available through the financial aid office on the Denver campus.

Applications: Applications are due by March 1 (Fall).

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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