The MS in geography at UMass Amherst is ideal for you if you are interested in studying human geography, environmental geography, and geographic information science and technologies (GIST).

This program offers you the flexibility of two different tracks:

  • The thesis track is for students with strongly focused research interests, culminating in an in-depth research project and a thesis.
  • The non-thesis track is for students wishing to emphasize breadth of geographical or interdisciplinary knowledge, culminating in a project and oral exam instead of a thesis.

Regardless of which track you pursue, you’ll take courses in geographic theory and analysis, as well as methodology such as cartography, computer methods, and remote sensing. You’ll also choose from a range of upper-level courses to suit your professional interests and goals, such as geocomputation, geographic information systems (GIS), or an independent study.

You may also choose to concentrate your studies in GIST in an accelerated, one-year master’s program.