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Geography, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Explore human interactions with the environment through our geography program, with a special focus on physical and environmental processes as well as geospatial technologies.

As a master's student, you will engage in original research and learn skills and techniques that are applicable to many career fields. Students choose our program for our outstanding faculty and facilities, strong research focus, supportive environment and vibrant student community.

Program Highlights

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    Classes and Faculty

    Receive individualized attention from our award-winning and approachable faculty through our smaller class sizes.

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    Course Variety

    Enroll in courses in physical sciences, social science and technology taught by faculty with diverse expertise.

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    International Expertise

    Learn about global cultures in regions such as Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Central Asia.

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    Force for Change

    Create strong connections with urban and environmental policy makers and stakeholders across South Carolina.

What You’ll Study

Our program offers advanced seminars in a variety of subfields, including urban geography, political geography, environmental geography, geographic information systems and remote sensing. These seminars are taught by our renowned faculty who are engaged in the discipline as journal editors and organization leaders.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Writing

    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Presentation Skills

    Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Urban Planner
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Emergency Manager
  • Geospatial Intelligence Agent
  • Environmental Policymaker
  • GIS Consultant

Job Titles of Alumni

  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Manager
  • GIS Specialist
  • Meteorologist
  • Senior GIS Analyst

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $88,133

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Nonprofits and NGOs
  • Business

Employers of Alumni

  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division
  • National Weather Service
  • South Carolina Office of Resilience
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

GIS and geography are for everyone. Figuring out how to leverage your interests and experiences with that method of thinking is how you can find joy, success and purpose-driven creativity in your career.

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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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