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The Program
Graduate study in geography leads to a Master of Science degree. The graduate program provides students with advanced understanding of key geographical concepts of space, place, scale, and distance in human and physical processes along with training in advanced geospatial analysis in preparation for employment in industry and government or further academic pursuits. The curriculum provides broadly applied geographic training with opportunity for specialization through electives, directed studies, and thesis research. Although faculty members and students are active in research, we are a small department and we emphasize quality graduate training and teaching. The faculty maintains close relationships with students in all phases of their work. A low graduate student/faculty ration makes this possible.

Degree Options and Requirements
Students may complete the M.S. program following either thesis or non-thesis options. The thesis option requires (1) a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the undergraduate degree, 24 hours of which must be graduate-level geography courses; and (2) satisfactory completion of a thesis chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The non-thesis option, intended for non-traditional students, requires (1) a minimum of 39 semester hours, at least 18 hours must come from geography and, (2) the successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination by an approved faculty committee.

Financial Assistance
Teaching assistantships (twelve-month appointment), which currently carry a monthly stipend of $1908 and a complete tuition waiver, are now competitively available to qualified applicants. Outstanding graduate applications will also be considered for an offer of a one-time$2000 to \$5000 incentive after they are accepted into our graduate program. Research assistantships, which carry a comparable stipend and tuition fellowship, also may be available depending on current faculty grants. In awarding assistantships, preference is given to applicants who pursue the thesis option.

New Tuition Fellowship Policy states that University funded in-state tuition support will cover 110% of the number of hours required for a graduate degree. Read the attached for details.

Entrance Requirements
Admission to the M.S. program requires a bachelor’s degree in Geography or related discipline. In addition, an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General test only) and three supporting letters of recommendation are required. For the year 2021-2022, the department has waived the requirements of GRE.

Application Procedure

Ms. Theresa Morgan
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5122, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4700

For transmitting official GRE scores (waived for 2021-22) from ETS, please use the following institution and department codes for Auburn University and the Department of Geosciences:

Institution code:  1005
Departmental code:  5199

Three supporting letters of recommendation can be uploaded directly by the referees at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=auburn-g. A Letter of Intent and an updated curriculum vitae also need to be submitted to Geosciences GPO, Dr. Ashraf Uddin. Please follow the instructions to complete your Letter of Intent. Questions with graduate applications can be addressed to:

Dr. Ashraf Uddin