2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Applied Geography & Geospatial Science MA
► Graduate School Rules apply to this program
Interim Associate Program Director: Christy Briles
Office: North Classroom, 3621A
Web site: Applied Geography & Geospatial Science MA
Anne Chin, PhD, Arizona State University
Pamela Jansma, PhD, Northwestern University (CLAS Dean)
Wesley E. LeMasurier, PhD, Stanford University
Martin Lockley, PhD, University of Birmingham, England
Frederick B. Chambers, PhD, Arizona State University
Rafael Moreno-Sanchez, PhD, Colorado State University
Brian Page, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Deborah S. K. Thomas, PhD, University of South Carolina
Bryan S. Wee, PhD, Purdue University
John W. Wyckoff, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professors- Clinical Teaching Track:
Rudi Hartmann, PhD, Technical University of Munich
Casey Allen, PhD, Arizona State University
Peter Anthamatten, PhD, University of Minnesota
Christy Briles, PhD, University of Oregon
Gregory Simon, PhD, University of Washington
Amanda Weaver, PhD, University of Denver
Ryan Sincavage, MS, University of Colorado
In the United States and around the world, balancing the preservation of the natural environment with the imperatives of economic development and concomitant concerns for social well-being has led to a growing demand for broadly trained individuals who can identify and understand pressing social and environmental issues, collect and analyze relevant data, and develop and implement innovative solutions. Graduates of the proposed M.A program in Applied Geography and Geospatial Science will have the knowledge, training, and tools to become leaders in this rapidly growing field.
The program’s research focus is human-environment interaction, a longstanding hallmark of the discipline of Geography. Within this area of critical geographic inquiry, the program emphasizes geospatial science, a federally recognized STEM subject area that includes geographic information systems (GIS) as well as computer cartography, remotely sensed image analysis, and spatial statistics. Students apply their geospatial research skills in the context of hands-on, faculty-led research projects that stress professional development through community engagement and interactive service learning.
Requirements for Admission
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
The University of Colorado Denver has a minimum requirement of 2.50 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants to the graduate school. The number of applicants admitted to the MA in Applied Geography & Geospatial Science in any year depends, in part, on space availability. The program is competitive, and we generally discourage applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. Notification of acceptance or refusal for admission into the program is mailed to the applicant four to six weeks after the deadline for submission of applications.
We accept applications once per year, before or on March 1st, for admission in the following fall. As part of the admission review process, applicants are required to submit: a graduate application, statement of purpose, a minimum of three letters of recommendation (academic references are preferred), official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, and GRE scores will be required from: domestic students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 and all international students.
There are three types of financial aid available: tuition assistance; research assistantship positions funded by grants to specific program faculty; and the regular package of financial aid (primarily loans) available through the financial aid office on the Denver campus. Incoming students will be automatically considered for program-distributed tuition assistance at the time of admission to the program. Continuing students will be regularly apprised of available aid and positions. Students interested in research assistantships should consult individual faculty with whom they wish to work regarding potential assistantship positions. All other aid should be requested through the CU Denver Financial Aid Office, North Classroom, 1030, Campus Box 125, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364. Telephone: 303-556-2886.
Students in the Applied Geography & Geospatial Science MA program are strongly encouraged to contact the Experiential Learning Center for internships and paid positions related to geographical sciences. The Experiential Learning Center is located in the Tivoli Student Union, Suite 260. Telephone: 303-556-2250. Many students have had internships in federal agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.