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The M.A. in Geography program prepares graduate students for careers in both the academic field and non-academic jobs in various private and governmental agencies, in areas such as urban/economic geography, social geography, physical/environmental geography, and geographic information technology. Students learn geographic thought, research techniques, and topical specialties while preparing to conduct original research. Within this broad framework, the program is sufficiently flexible to meet individual career objectives. The M.A. in geography is designed to be a two academic year program.
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.
The M.A. program requires a total of 30 credit hours: 24 of these hours are taken for letter-graded (i.e. not S/U) course work, and 6 hours for the M.A. thesis. A minimum of 18 hours of graded work must be taken in GEOG courses.
Other graduate-level methods courses, as approved by Advisor and Graduate Coordinator, may count towards this requirement.
All graduate students are required to attend all colloquia during their residence.
All M.A. students must complete a Master’s Thesis as part of their requirements for graduation. A thesis should reflect the individual’s ability to identify a problem, carry out the necessary research, apply appropriate analytical tools, and present the results of the research in a scholarly manner. An advisory committee shall be chaired by the advisor and at least two additional members selected by the student in consultation with the advisor. All Graduate Faculty are eligible to serve on Master’s Committees; however, the thesis advisor must be level A2, A3, F3, or F4. At least one of these two members must be a member of the Department of Geography.
There are two main sequences of events related to the thesis: first, the development and approval of a thesis proposal, and second, the writing and defense of the thesis. Each of these sequences is shown below. It is strongly advised that the students and all committee members, especially the advisor, maintain regular contact during these processes.
A thesis proposal that clearly and succinctly lays out the student’s intentions for his/her thesis research is the basis of a successful thesis. Ideally, the proposal developed in Research and Presentation of Geographic Data can form the foundation for the thesis proposal. Students are strongly encouraged to defend their proposal before starting considerable work on the thesis itself. The Notification of Approved Thesis Topic form, to be completed at the end of this process, signals the approval of the proposed thesis work.
The student and advisor will work closely during the process of the student’s thesis research. Regular meetings should be scheduled, and the research should be reviewed at a frequency that is acceptable to both student and advisor. Students are encouraged to set up occasional thesis committee meetings to discuss progress with the full committee. The student must register for graduation (in Flashline) by the start of the semester in which he/she hopes to graduate.