The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large.
Students can pursue one of five tracks:
- General geography
- Cartography and geographical information systems (GIS)
- Environmental and resource management
- Urban planning and applied geography
- Race and ethnicity
A bachelor's degree in geography is not required for admission to the graduate program, but students without a geography background may be required to take additional courses for completion of the MA. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in watershed studies and management is available, as well as an accelerated BA + MA track.
Students are trained to pursue a doctoral degree and enter careers in the industry. The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in:
- Resource management and sustainability
- Water resources
- Flooding and watershed impacts
- Environmental hazard assessment
- Race and ethnicity
- Population health GIS
- Urban and retail planning
The curriculum is diverse and highly flexible. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies for a broadened academic perspective, as well as additional practical training in areas such as conservation, environmental management, economic development and international studies.
Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
To be eligible for graduate study, you must:
Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.
International Student Requirements:
International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
*In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for applications to the fall 2020 semester.
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