Graduate Overview

Founded in 1961 the School of Geography is one of the top 15 Geography programs in the U.S. and recognized internationally for its research and graduate training. Our program not only has an international focus but has close ties locally and with institutions along the U.S.-Mexico border.  

Research Expertise

We are committed to collaboration and community. Graduate students benefit from a broad range of faculty expertise and strong links to interdisciplinary research centers across campus. Our research spans physical geography (climate science, dendrochronology, remote sensing, spatial science), human-environment (political ecology, water policy, climate change) human geography (development, state theory), development studies and GIS. 


The School of Geography, Development & Environment offers degrees and certificate programs in the following: 

M.A. / Ph.D. in Geography

This research-oriented degree allows you to study a wide range of topics related to Geography for either a M.A. or Ph.D. 

Masters in Development Practice

This Master's program takes an interdisciplinary and social justice approach to addressing development challenges internationally and locally.  

Masters in GIST

The Master in Geographical Information Systems and Technology (MGIST) teaches cutting edge GIS technology and it is offered in person and online 

Certificate Programs

These certificate programs provide continuing education for professionals and present an option for M.A./Ph.D. students who want to formalize interdisciplinary expertise.