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Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography

M.A. in Geography

The MA program in Geography trains young professionals in areas of human and physical geography, while making sure that students have a working knowledge of various geospatial techniques. The graduate program has four core areas of focus that reflect the research interests of our faculty:

  • Urban Environment
  • Development and Sustainability
  • Human Migration and Mobility
  • Applied Geospatial Techniques

Learn more about the M.A. Program

Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) allow us to capture, manage, query, analyze and model geospatially referenced data. GIS ties the idea of location to information, making it possible to visualize it all in map form. Our certificate program provides students with a solid grounding in geospatial theory and techniques, combined with the practical skills to apply these techniques to real world problems. Students are exposed to a combination of industry standard software and open source programs in classes that encourage an extensive hands-on approach. 

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in GIS.



This is what our former graduate students had to say about the program:

“Getting a Master's in Geography from GW was one of the best decisions I've made.  The atmosphere is friendly, and there are plenty of opportunities to interact with professors.  The skills and networks I gained at GW prepared me well for my career in research and public policy."

Jill H. Wilson, MA 2003 
Brookings Institution

 "Graduate School at George Washington University allowed me to discover who I was not only as a geographer but also as a person.  Upon graduation, I was able to take everything I had learned about geography and myself at GW and turn it into an exciting and fulfilling career." 

Kelly Cornell, MA 2005 
Transportation Planner, Arlington County

"The Geography MA program at GW brings the perfect mix of engaging coursework, research and incredible faculty access for advising and developing your academic skills. It was two of the best years I have ever invested in my intellectual development!"

Wesley Reisser, MA 2007 
U.S. Department of State

“The small student-faculty ratio at GW led me to receive more faculty time and interaction than I would have at a larger program, helping me to hone my research skills and interests. I believe this focus on students was a major factor in my acceptance into a highly regarded PhD program after graduation. Being in DC is one of the many benefits of the program, as there are a multitude of internship and employment options available in the area. While at GWU, I landed an internship that ultimately led to my current position in the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest non-profit multidisciplinary scientific organization in the world.”

Susan Wolfinbarger, MA 2006 
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

“The graduate program at GWU combines a small department atmosphere where faculty take a real interest in students' progress with Washington DC and its myriad networking and graduate intern/coop.  The contacts I developed during graduate study at GW led to both jobs I've had since graduation.”

Derek Azar, MA 2006 
U.S. Census Bureau