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Graduate Study in Geography at Ohio University


The Department of Geography offers a Master's Degree (M.S. and M.A.) that prepares students for professional positions in government, the private sector, or to pursue a Ph.D. Our program has many strengths, including its flexibility, the close working relationships between faculty members and students, and our interdisciplinary connections with international studies, environmental studies, and women's and gender studies. We offer both a thesis and comprehensive examination (non-thesis) option. We have approximately 20 graduate students, most of whom receive financial aid from the department or elsewhere on campus.

Our thirteen full-time faculty members are engaged researchers and excellent teachers. The diverse specializations of the faculty create numerous opportunities for students. Many of the theses written by our students fall within these specializations:


  • Environmental Geography (Environment and Society, Resources)
  • Geospatial Techniques (GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing)
  • Development and Economic Geography (gender, globalization, migration)
  • Physical Geography (Biogeography, Geomorphology)
  • Cultural/Historical Geography
  • Regional specializations in Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and Northern Europe (5 faculty research overseas)

Our low student to faculty ratio and our emphasis on the Master's program facilitates close working relationships among faculty and students. Numerous students have published from their thesis with their advisor. Students also benefit from interacting with students from environmental studies and the five programs in international studies.

Ohio University is a beautiful and historic campus located in the Appalachian foothills. Athens is a progressive (and affordable) community with numerous cultural and natural amenities.


Geographic Information Science (GISc) Certificate

Major code CTGISG



Geographic Information Science (GIS) is an important synthesis of traditional mapping with more advanced tools of data modeling and analysis to provide new and enhanced information on geospatial topics. The power of GIS is the use of spatial analysis techniques to analyze geographic information. The GIS certificate offers non-geography majors an opportunity to gain the knowledge, theory, and training to use GIS as a tool to answer research questions relevant to their disciplines. This graduate certificate program offers a balance of theory and technical training in Geographic Information Science. The certificate program is designed to accommodate both degree and non-degree seeking students.



Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program can add the certificate program by completing an Application for Update of Program(s), available at the Graduate Studies office. Students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program must complete a non-degree application as described in the Graduate Catalog. Please contact Dr. Gaurav Sinha (, (740) 593-0304), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, to complete this process and answer any questions about the certificate.



Download the GISc Certificate checklist


For more information, contact:


Dr. Dorothy Sack, Graduate Chair

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For information about GISc
certificate, contact:

Dr. Gaurav Sinha

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Geography MA/MS checklist

MA4231, MS4239


GISc Certificate checklist


Graduate Handbook


Geographic Research Guide
(from Alden Library)