Welcome to the Department of Geography! The Department of Geography at Kent State University offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Geography, an interdisciplinary BA in Environmental Studies, along with a fully online Master of GIS.


The department’s mission is to provide an inspirational environment for the pursuit of geographic knowledge. Our faculty research seeks to promote positive social and environmental change, with a focus on interdisciplinary applications and collaboration. We work at the intersection of global and local: while our research sites span five continents, we also work locally to apply our geographic knowledge to problem-solving at the community level. We aim to prepare students for successful careers by giving them a strong theoretical base along with the ability to apply their knowledge, particularly using state-of-the art geospatial technologies. Student engagement and experiential learning are a priority: from active participation in departmental research, to community-based projects, to frequent study-away and field-based research opportunities.

Online Master of GIS

Kent State also offers the online Master of Geographic Information Science and online postbaccalaureate certificate options to prepare students for the evolving areas within GISc. Both are designed for busy, working professionals who are interested in continuing their education, but with the flexibility of an online program.