Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography

M.S. in Geography

The MS 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.S. 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.


CCAS Graduate Funding Initiatives

The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) now has two new initiatives to assist students interested in graduate programs.  Every admitted student who meets the criteria below will receive an award.   The two initiatives are the Minority-Serving Institution Partner Award and the Strategic International Graduate Funding Initiative.  

Learn more to see if you qualify for these initiatives.


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Jill Wilson, MA ’03

"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

Kelly Cornell, MA ’05

"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

Wesley Reisser, MA ’07

"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

Susan Wolfinbarger, MA ’06

"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.

Derek Azar, ’06

"The graduate program at GW 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