A community of geographers and environmental scientists
Engaged with the world through the study of geospatial science, human geography and the environment

Who We Are

The George Washington University Department of Geography uses the latest geospatial technologies to contribute to new discoveries and solutions.

Geography, Environmental Studies and Environmental and Sustainability Science students make their mark on the world and help find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, including climate change, urbanization, social injustice, sustainability and migration.

With a master of science program, three undergraduate majors and two minors, the Department of Geography equips its scholars with tools to work for respected companies, for nonprofits, for universities, and in public service at the local, state and national levels.


Join the Graduate Programs Virtual Open House: October 17–27

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team.

The Geography Department is hosting an information session for prospective graduate students on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. EDT. 

Registration and Details


Our Research Areas


“My life is busier than I ever thought it could be, but if I had more hours in the day, I would spend them in the GW Geography Department. It still feels like home.”

Kaitlin Yarnall
MA '08
National Geographic Society

Geography at a Glance

$7.7 million

awarded to faculty in external research funding since 2016


publications authored by Geography faculty
since 2018