Applying to the Graduate Program
The Department of Geography & Environment offers three graduate degrees:
- MA Geography
- MA Geography: Concentration in Resource Management & Environmental Planning
- MS GIScience
Who should apply?
We welcome applications from individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in any field, or will receive their baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the semester for which they are applying, however each program differs somewhat in requirements for classification.
MA: An applicant with a GPA of 3.25 or better in a major other than geography who meets the general university requirements as stated in the Bulletin may qualify for admission as a Conditionally Classified graduate student. The applicant will be advanced to Classified status upon completion of prerequisite courses, including lower division courses in physical geography (Geog 101/equivalent), cultural geography (Geog 102/107/equivalent), geographic techniques (Geog 103/equivalent), and two upper division geography courses, with a grade of "B" or better in each course. Units earned for remedial or prerequisite course work are not applied toward the graduate degree.
MS: For admission to the graduate program, a student must meet the general university requirements as stated in the Bulletin. For classified standing, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.25 or better in geography or a related discipline, with emphasis or experience in spatial data analysis and statistics, and have earned a grade of "B" or better in an introductory GIS class such as Geog 603, or equivalent. Conditionally classified students may be admitted who meet most of the requirements, including an introduction to geographic information science, but need an additional foundation to do graduate geospatial work applied to biophysical or human systems.
When to apply:
The department accepts application twice a year, for Fall and Spring admission.
For Fall admission: apply by April 1
For Spring admission: apply by November 15
** Spring admission usually but not always available - please contact department **
How to apply: Go to https://grad.sfsu.edu/content/prospective/domestic/domestic-application-submission .
Please contact the department to confirm your intent to enroll and please alert us to any changes in your street address, phone number, or email address.
Department of Geography & Environment Graduate Coordinator
MA Program Advisors
- Nancy Lee Wilkinson, HSS 267, 338-1439, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrew Oliphant, HSS 273, 405-2143, email@example.com
MS Program Advisors
- Leonhard Blesius, HSS 283, 405-2144, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jerry Davis, HSS 277, 338-2983, email@example.com
- Ellen Hines, HSS 265, 338-1482, firstname.lastname@example.org
- XiaoHang Liu, HSS 269, 338-7509, email@example.com
Department of Geography & Environment Academic Office Coordinator
SFSU Division of Graduate Studies