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Geography - M.A. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College
College of Arts and Sciences

Department
Department of Geography

413 McGilvrey Hall
Tel: 330-672-2045
Fax: 330-672-4304
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/geography
 

Description

The curriculum for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography meets the needs of students who expect to continue with a professional career in academic or applied fields such as business, environmental or social planning, geographical information systems or cartography in private or governmental agencies. Students are exposed to geographic thought, research techniques and topical specialties, and are prepared to conduct original research.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography provides specialized training and inquiry into contemporary problems in geography.
 

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), GRE, resume, goal statement and three letters of recommendation. Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.
 

Graduation Requirements

M.A.: The curriculum for the M.A. degree is designed to meet the needs of students who expect to continue with a professional career in academic or applied fields such as business, environmental or social planning, geographical information systems or cartography in private or governmental agencies. Students must complete GEOG 60800, 69004 and two technique courses as well as other courses suggested by their thesis advisory committees. Students may elect to write a thesis or two research papers.

Ph.D.: The program for the Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to provide specialized training and inquiry into contemporary problems in geography. Students should take courses with the advice of the department and their dissertation advisory committees. At least 6 hours of coursework must be taken in a cognate field in a department other than geography.
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Ph.D. Geography

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Engage in independent research projects by means of Ph.D. level independent research courses. Geography will encourage Ph.D. degree candidates to engage research projects with faculty members' guidance. By carrying out independent research projects, Ph.D. degree candidates will be able to acquire experiences in formulating research problems, reviewing relevant literature, designing g research methodology, analyzing research data, and formulating results from academic research. Objective: Geography will increase3 our support to Ph.D. degree candidates to attend national and international conferences. This will allow degree candidates more opportunities to interact with researchers in their fields and to present their own works for comments and suggestions from experts in their fields.

Candidacy

Candidacy examinations are taken after the dissertation proposal is approved by the committee. This should be completed by the end of the second year of doctoral study.