Program: M.A., Geography
Geographic Information Science
The Department of Geography offers two options within the Master of Arts degree program. Option 2 offers a highly structured specialization in Geographic Information Science, where most of the requirements are met with graduate courses dealing with various aspects of GIS. This option is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in this highly technological subfield of geography.
A. Requirements for Admission to the Department
- One of the following:
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
- A score at or above the 50th percentile on two of the three portions of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Exam.
- A graduate degree in another field from CSUN or other accredited institution.
- At least a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 units attempted.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Demonstration of research and writing skills. Applicants must submit to the graduate committee a sample research paper, written in English, and preferably one that was completed as part of the baccalaureate degree requirements, such as a senior thesis or other research paper done in an Upper Division undergraduate course. Because of the importance of research and writing to the graduate program, the committee needs to be assured of applicants’ abilities and promise in these areas.
B. Classified and Conditionally Classified Status
Requirements for Classified Status
One of the following:
- An undergraduate major in Geography.
- Demonstrated competence in human geography, physical geography and cartography or map interpretation, as determined by the departmental graduate committee.
- A passing score (8 or higher) on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE).
Conditionally Classified Status
- If the requirements for classified status are not met at the time of application, the student will be admitted as conditionally classified, pending completion of the requirements, which include the completion of prerequisite courses in the areas of identified deficiencies and/or the UDWPE.
- No more than 12 units of work taken prior to attaining classified status may be applied to the master’s degree program.
C. Program Requirements
Completion of the following courses (a total of 30 units with a GPA of 3.0 or better).
1. Introductory Seminar (3 units)
2. Seminars in Geographic Visualization (9 units)
Select three courses from 690A-H, 695A.
3. Other Seminar (3 units)
Select one 600-level Geography seminar.
4. Additional GIS Courses (6 units)
Select any two 400-level courses, as specified below:
GEOG 406 Advanced Geographical Information Science (3)
GEOG 407/L Remote Sensing and Lab (2/1)
GEOG 408A/L Human/Cultural Applications in GIS and Lab (2/1)
GEOG 408B/L Environmental/Physical Applications in GIS and Lab (2/1)
GEOG 409/L Digital Cartography and Lab (2/1)
5. Statistics (3 units)
6. Thesis Preparation (3 units)
7. Culminating Experience (3 units)
Submission of a thesis or comprehensive exam approved by a departmental faculty committee.