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The Best Schools Offering Master’s Programs in Geography

Higher Education Articles March 3, 2017

Overview of Schools offering Geography Degree Programs

In 2010, the U.S. News and World Report ranked both Syracuse University and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) among the 100 best national universities; it gave Penn State the higher ranking. Although master’s degree programs in geography are available at both schools, there is a difference in their degree programs and specialization options. A Master of Science (M.S.) with four specialization options is available through Penn State; a Master of Arts (M.A.) is available at Syracuse. A professional degree option is also available through Penn State for individuals keen on studying geographic information systems.

Pennsylvania State University in University Park

In 2010, the U.S. News and World Report accorded Pennsylvania State University the 47th rank on its list of best national universities. A Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography degree program is available through Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Students may also get the option of concentrating in physical geography, nature and society, geographic information systems (GIS), and human geography. A Master of GIS program designed for experienced professionals is also available at the college.

Syracuse University in New York

In 2010, the U.S. News and World Report accorded Syracuse University (SU) the 58th rank on its list of best national universities. A Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography is available at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs through its social science department. Students enrolled in the program have to complete 30 credit-hours including courses in urban studies, sustainability and development, cultural geography, and map design.

Top Schools offering Geography Degree Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Location
University of Pennsylvania 24,806 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duke University 15,856 Durham, North Carolina
Dartmouth College 6,298 Hanover, New Hampshire
University of Chicago 15,097 Chicago, Illinois
Northwestern University 21,554 Evanston, Illinois
Johns Hopkins University 21,372 Baltimore, Maryland
University of California – Berkeley 37,565 Berkeley, California
University of California – Los Angeles 41,845 Los Angeles, California
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 29,135 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Middlebury College 2,533 Middlebury, Vermont

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