University of Oregon
College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., M.A.; ;M.S.;
The M.A. and M.S. degrees in geography emphasize broad understanding of physical and human geography and basic geographic techniques. Students develop specialized research skills during work on the thesis. Beyond the general requirements for all graduate students in geography, two graduate seminars in geography (GEOG 507 or 607), one in human geography and one in physical geography, are required of each candidate.
Students must demonstrate skill in a second language, which may be met either by passing a second-year university foreign language course during the seven-year period prior to the receipt of the master's or doctor's degree or by passing the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exam showing language proficiency equivalent to that attained at the end of two years of college study.
Where appropriate for the thesis or dissertation topic and with the approval of the advisory committee, computer programming skills may be substituted for the second language. These skills are typically demonstrated by completing a minimum of two approved courses and writing a program used in the thesis research.
A committee of two geography faculty members supervises the research and writing of a master's thesis that shows evidence of original research and writing. The student must enroll for 9 credits of Thesis (GEOG 503), at least 3 of which must be taken during the term the degree is granted. Every master's thesis must be presented at a public lecture.
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