Graduate – Master of Arts (MA)

Master of Arts in Geography

** Prospective MA students: review of applications for Fall admission begins March 1 (deadline June 1), Spring admission deadline is November 1. Please see the “Invitation to Graduate Study” and application procedures below for more information **

What is Geography?

Geography focuses on the spatial organization of human and physical landscapes, the interactions between human society and the physical environment, as well as on the meanings that people bring to their place in the world. Geography sits at the nexus of the social and physical sciences, drawing from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for understanding the world around us.

Master of Arts (MA) in Geography

Education in Geography at the graduate level at CSULB provides an opportunity to broaden one’s intellectual life and to acquire or upgrade knowledge and skills for many careers. The degree is particularly suitable for those graduates with one of the following professional goals:

  • advanced graduate work at the doctoral level
  • community college and K-12 teaching
  • public sector work (e.g., urban planning, environmental management, geospatial analyst)
  • private sector work (e.g., market area analysis, environmental and geospatial consulting)
  • non-governmental work (e.g., international agencies, local community organizing)

Why CSULB Geography?

What our graduate students say about us:

“CSULB Geography boasts a faculty that actively coordinates to make sure that each graduate student is put in a position to succeed. This can’t be stressed enough, especially considering that geography is inherently broad and finding a faculty member who shares similar interests is imperative to the thesis process.”

“The Geography department at CSULB represents a community, not just a degree.”

“Fully supportive faculty that encourages research, but still allows a substantial amount of student autonomy.”

Need More Information?

For advisor contact information and current semester advising hours please refer to the Geography department advising page

You are also strongly encouraged to contact faculty who share your research interests.

Please refer to the University Catalog and the documents below for more information and forms. Please note that the GRE exam is now optional as part of the application.