The program requires a 30 credit hour minimum. Students must pass an oral examination and write and defend a thesis.

Required courses

  • GEOG 805 History of Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 716 Advanced Geostatistics or an equivalent course in statistics and experimental design
  • Two-day (non-credit) field trip before classes begin in the fall semester
  • GEOG 980 (Colloquium) for 1 credit hour during each of the first two semesters in residence at KU


  • One course (500-level or above) in each of the three areas in geography (GIScience, Physical Geography / Atmospheric Sciences, and Regional / Human Geography).
  • At least three courses (500-level or above) in an approved area of concentration (GIScience or Physical Geography).   GIScience or Physical Geography courses taken to meet the one course in each of the three areas in geography electives cannot be double counted here.
  • For the GIScience concentration, a graduate level (500-level or above) computer programming course must be one of the three electives.


  • Non-credit 8-hour Responsible Scholarship session held before classes start in the spring semester.

Detailed information on departmental regulations is included in the Policies for Graduate Study in Geography booklet available on this website.

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