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MA, MS and PhD in Geography

San Diego State University, Department of Geography
San Diego, California
GA, TA and RA Positions available
Closing date
Nov 25, 2021
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The Department of Geography at San Diego State University seeks highly motivated students for its Masters and Ph.D. programs. Degrees include MA (Human and environmental geography), MS in Geographic Information Science, MS in Watershed Science, and Ph.D. in Geography, which is offered jointly with the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Students in our graduate programs perform original research and write theses and dissertations in a variety of subjects including:

  • Human geography:  cities and urban environments, food, media, migration and borders, political ecology and livelihoods, children and youth geographies
  • Environment and society: climate resilience, agent-based modeling, coastal planning and policy, agroforestry and agriculture
  • Geographic information science: cartography, visualization, big data analytics, remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling, geocomputation, spatial decision support systems, participatory GIS
  • Climate, water and ecosystems:  hydrologic and climate modeling, fire, water resources, climate change, vegetation mapping

GA or TA funding is available through the Department and through scholarships and grants. RA Masters funding is also available for the following grant-funded projects, students should contact the listed faculty member: Sustainable Agroecosystems - Social Science (Amy Quandt,, Sustainable Agroecosystems - Remote Sensing / Land use change in the Arctic (2 projects, Dan Sousa,, Modeling river plastic pollution / Continental-scale hydrologic processes (2 projects, Hilary McMillan,, Real-time monitoring of water quality /   Remote sensing of plastics and marine debris / Water quality on the US-Mexico border (3 projects, Trent Biggs,, Geocomputation and health Geography (Atsushi Nara,

In Fall 2020, all Graduate Students who requested funding received it, including stipend and tuition waivers.  All Ph.D. students are fully funded for 4 years, including salary, tuition at SDSU and UCSB, and full health and other benefits.

Careers:  Our graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors (consulting, government, non-profit, academic), including Environmental Planner, GIS Manager, Hydrologist, Cultural Resource Manager, Regional Planner, Data Scientist, Conservation Manager, and many others.

Visit the Department of Geography website (, get to know our faculty and research ( and learn more about and apply for the Masters ( and Ph.D. program (

For more information, please contact our graduate advisors:

Applications to the University are due December 15th

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE or GMAT are suspended for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle.


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