Master of Arts in Geography

Program Description

The University of Missouri, Department of Geography, offers a Masters (M.A.) degree that prepares students for a variety of professions, including careers in academics, research, public service, and the private sector.  A primary strength of the MU Department of Geography is the fact that "big-school" research facilities and opportunities are wedded with "small-school" interaction to build a strong sense of community. Whether students are interested in questions of human geography, the physical environment, or digital image processing, MU Geography has the facilities and faculty expertise to guide them through the sometimes intimidating task of completing a graduate degree. While the campus offers all the research amenities typical of an SEC university, graduate students in the Department of Geography also enjoy a high degree of faculty-student interaction and cohesiveness among the student body.

Core areas of study in the department include

Graduates of our program have gone on to a variety of successful pursuits. Those interested in continuing further in higher education have gained admission to some of the best Geography PhD programs in the country, including The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Minnesota, and Penn State University. Others are employed with a number of federal agencies, including the National Park Service, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency & the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as state government, such as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Department of Transportation. Our graduates are also found working for companies such as ESRI and Garmin.

We invite you to learn more about our program by exploring this website, or by contacting us directly. Please feel free to email the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Matt Foulkes, or any of the other faculty with inquiries about becoming a part of our program.


Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Matt Foulkes