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Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies, admission to the Master of Science degree program in Geospatial Science requires the following:

Unconditional Admission

1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in an appropriate field of study from an accredited institution or complete coursework that will meet this requirement as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
2. Scholastic Achievement: Applicants must possess a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of undergraduate work and in all previous graduate work (if any).
3. Test Scores: Applicants must have a combined score of 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
4. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. At least one letter of recommendation must be provided by a faculty member from the applicant’s prior undergraduate or graduate program.
5. Personal Statement: Applicants should describe themselves academically and professionally and include a narrative of their intellectual and academic history and heritage. Applicants should describe their interests in graduate school, desire for entrance into the UNA Department of Geography, and their long term plans.
6. Letter of Intent: Applicants should describe their desired area of study and why that is of interest to them, what they hope to learn, and what they plan to do with what is learned and the experience that is gained. A departmental Graduate Admissions Committee will review each application and make all admission decisions. Applications, transcripts, and test scores must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Services in accordance with submission deadlines established by that office.

Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, and Letter of Intent will be submitted directly to the Department of Geography in care of the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Michael Pretes.

Conditional Admission

A student may be conditionally admitted to the M.S. program in Geospatial Science if his/her GRE scores have not yet been obtained, if the Graduate Admissions Committee deems the undergraduate coursework insufficient, or if the applicant’s letters of recommendation have not been received by the Department of Geography. A student without sufficient prior coursework in geography may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites for graduate level work. The student must submit satisfactory test scores or complete remedial coursework prior to completing 12 credit hours in the program. Applicants not meeting requirements #2 and #3 above may still be considered if other evidence of potential academic achievement is presented.

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Geographers get jobs.

Graduates of our master's degree program go on to careers with private companies, government agencies, or pursue doctoral degrees at other universities. A recently hired student from our program testifies, "what you are learning in class is exactly what you'll be doing in a job." With a Master's of Science in Geospatial Science from UNA, you'll be highly qualified to pursue your career path: Solve complex environmental, urban, economic and business problems; Conduct independent research; Develop skills in critical thinking and writing; and Enter professions requiring knowledge of geospatial methods, analysis, and techniques.

Geographers Job OutlookSurprised to hear that geography is more than memorizing states and capitals or that an incredible array of career opportunities exist in the field of geography? Here is some data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows how lucrative the market is for geographers.

Alumni from the Department of Geography at UNA go on to big CEO and founder of a GIS consulting group, Senior Vice President of a GIS consulting group, assistant professor of geography, urban planner of a local municipality, planning director of a local municipality, GIS specialist with an environmental group, state GPS sales representative with a state government, viticulturist with a wine producing company, offshore survey tech with an oil consulting group, and many others. Our program has a job placement rate of around 95% for our graduates.

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