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THE SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHY AND DEVELOPMENT      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

SGD offers training in geography at the Master's (M.A.) and Doctoral (Ph.D) levels.

The School of Geography and Development (SGD) was founded in 1961. It is presently among the top 15 Ph.D.-granting Departments of Geography in the nation, and is recognized internationally for research and graduate training. The program has close ties with institutions in Mexico and along the US-Mexico border.

SGD forms part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and offers several options for graduate study, including three graduate certificates, two professional master’s degrees, and the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Geography. SGD is distinguished by the broad spectrum of teaching and research interests among its faculty, providing ample opportunities for specialization in many sub-areas.

SGD faculty research and teaching expertise enable strong interdisciplinary ties between SGD and other departments on campus. SGD students and core faculty regularly collaborate with affiliated faculty from a broad range of disciplines. These connections allow students to include committee members from across campus - for example, the Institute of the Environment, Arid Lands Resource Sciences, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Vist this page to learn more about SGD.

Graduate Progam Questions

Contact Dr. Carl Bauer
ENR2 Building, Room S525
(520) 621-1917
Email: cjbauer@email.arizona.edu

Graduate Application and Curriculum Questions
Contact Elizabeth S. Cordova
ENR2 Building, Room S433
(520) 621-7486
Email: elizabec@email.arizona.edu

STUDENTS

SGD has over 100 graduate and professional students from all over the United States and many other countries. Most graduate students have office space in the School, which since the 1980s has been centrally located in the Harvill Building. There is a graduate student computer lab and common area. There is also an active graduate student-led professional and social organization: the Southern Arizona Geographical Association (SAGA).

SGD graduates pursue a variety of careers in academic, public, private, and non-profit sectors. M.A. graduates have gone on to work as community and regional planners for government agencies, GIS and remote sensing analysts for private firms, environmental consultants, research associates at public and private research institutes, and administrators in non-governmental organizations. Many continue on to Ph.D. studies. Our Ph.D. graduates often go into careers in academia, securing tenure-track or equivalent positions, some at teaching institutions and others at top research universities.

 

STUDENT PLACEMENTS

You can find a list of SGD PhD Student job placements from 2004 - 2013 at this page.

 

UA-MEXICO PROGRAM

The University of Arizona and Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) have together established a Ph.D. fellowship program that offers funding for Mexican doctoral students. For more information click here.

Hay un convenio entre la Universidad de Arizona y el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Mexico para apoyar estudiantes mexicanos de doctorado. Para más información, haga clic aquí.

 

LIFE IN TUCSON

Tucson is a great place to live. With a metropolitan population of nearly 1,000,000 people, Tucson is located in the unique Sonoran Desert at around 2,600 ft (800 m) and is surrounded by five mountain ranges containing 'sky islands' of biodiversity and cooler temperatures, the highest rising to over 9,000 ft (2,750 m). The downtown area has been revitalized in recent years and hosts a vibrant arts and music culture. Tucson's warm year-round climate and unique location within desert and mountains offers residents numerous easy-access outdoor recreational opportunities, such as biking, rock-climbing, hiking, bird-watching, star-gazing, skiing at the most southerly location in the USA, and camping in nearby national parks and monuments. For more information, see www.visittucson.org

Most graduate students live off campus in nearby apartments and rental homes.  However, there are graduate housing options, such as La Aldea, an on-campus graduate housing complex.

 

FUNDING AND FINANCIAL AID

Every effort is made to provide some kind of financial support for incoming graduate students.
Teaching and research assistantships and graduate tuition waivers, available on a competitive basis, are used to waive nonresident tuition, registration fees, and/or health insurance premiums. Teaching and research assistantships offer a half-time academic year stipend that is competitive with other geography programs around the country. Incoming students may also apply or be nominated for one of several available fellowships (e.g., see the Carson Scholars Program).

 The University of Arizona is a Peace Corps Coverdell Program. More information can be found at https://grad.arizona.edu/peacecorps

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The SGD application process is completely online. For requirements and detailed application instructions, see the How to Apply page.

The main goal of the graduate admissions process is to select excellent and promising students whose interests and abilities are a good fit with the School’s faculty. The admissions committee considers a range of information about applicants including college transcripts and GPA, GRE scores, and prior life and work experience. Letters of recommendation and each applicant’s statement of intent are especially important.

Accordingly, applicants are urged to be as clear and detailed as possible when preparing a statement of intent. Even for those at the beginning of their graduate school career and still exploring possibilities, the letter should indicate how the decision to attend (or continue) graduate school was arrived at (and here pertinent aspects of an individual biography are relevant), goals while in the program, and why the applicant finds UA and SGD particularly appropriate as a place for study. To the extent that applicants can already identify particular faculty members with whom they would like to work, or who share mutual research interests, applicants should indicate these potential relationships in their letter. The SGD website can be helpful in this regard, but personal email and telephone conversations can be valuable to clarify and define shared interests. For applicants with inter- or multi-disciplinary interests, demonstrating a familiarity with other appropriate units and faculty on the UA campus can also be an important part of the rationale for studying here, and should be included in the statement of intent.

Finally, because the statement of intent is used as an indicator of written communication skills and preparation to undertake graduate study, take care in composing it. The Admission Committee is not looking for any particular style, but applicants should strive to make their letter distinctive and interesting, as well as informative.

Graduate Progam Questions
Contact Dr. Carl Bauer
ENR2 Building, Room S525
(520) 621-1917
Email: cjbauer@email.arizona.edu

Graduate Application and Curriculum Questions
Contact Elizabeth S. Cordova
ENR2 Building, Room S433
(520) 621-7486
Email: elizabec@email.arizona.edu

TRANSFER OF CREDIT

Students who have M.A. degrees from other universities can transfer some or all of those credits towards their Ph.D. This credit transfer is subject to approval by the student’s advisor and the directors of graduate studies in both the major and minor Ph.D. programs of study. This stipulation is described on the Graduate College Website (here) and in the SGD Grad Handbook.