Accelerated BA/BS and MA Geography

Eligibility

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at ASU; minimum of 3.5 GPA in all geography and GIS courses.

Minimum 75 credit hours toward BA or BS degree at the time of application.

Completed 90 credits of undergraduate study before enrolling in any accelerated course that will be included in BA or BS program of study.

Completed GPH 111 Introduction to Physical Geography, GPH 112 Introduction to Physical Geography lab, and GIS 205 Geographic Information Science I.

Online Students: The MA Geography program is offered on campus only. To pursue the accelerated master’s degree, you must change your program from online to on campus prior to starting your senior year. You can still submit a preliminary application as an online student, and make the campus change after your application is evaluated. Please contact your undergraduate advisor for more information on campus changes. Do not make any campus changes before talking with your undergraduate advisor and discussing the application process with graduate advisors.

*Please meet with your advisor to check eligibility

Fast facts

accelerated programs save time since a bachelor’s and master’s degree can be obtained in as little as 5 years*

accelerated programs save students money since students are saving time by sharing credits between the undergraduate and graduate program (less time = less tuition paid)

Students with the New American University Dean’s, Provost’s, President’s or National Scholar scholarship who complete their undergraduate program in less than 8 semesters can apply any remaining awards to an ASU on-ground graduate program**

Placement data of Master’s program graduates:

Department of Labor Salary Range for students with a Master’s degree vs. Undergraduate degree Waived application requirements for accelerated applicants:

*Completion time may vary by program, check with your school/dept’s advisors
**Always consult with financial aid to ensure eligibility
 

Timeline – From Application to Student:

Freshman – First Semester of Junior Year:

  • Direct questions to your undergraduate academic advisors.

Junior Year (January – February):

  • Graduate advisor checks your eligibility and will send you information and instructions for the Preliminary Application.
  • Meet with undergraduate advisor to plan coursework for senior year.

Junior Year (January 1- March 15):

  • Submit Preliminary Application by March 15
  • Graduate Programs Director reviews applications; if Preliminary Application is approved, Graduate Programs Advisor will contact you with the next steps.

Senior Year (June 1/Summer before graduate year):

  • Formally apply for Graduate Admission for the upcoming Fall semester (your graduate year).
  • Graduate Advisor reviews processes admission decision; Graduate Advisor will contact you with next steps.
  • Enroll in required graduate level courses for Fall of senior year.  

Shared classes

Senior Year Graduate Year
Fall
  • GCU 528: Geographic Problems and Context* (3) OR
  • GCU 529: Contemporary Geographic Thought* (3)
  • GCU 596 Geographic Research Methods** (3) OR
  • Approved Methods or Statistics Course*** (3) OR
  • Approved Graduate Elective (3)
  • GCU/GPH 591: Seminar: Geography Colloquium (1)
  • GCU/GPH 692: Research (4)
  • Approved Graduate Elective (3)
  • Approved Graduate Elective (3)
Spring
  • GCU 585: Geographic Research Design and Proposal Writing** (3) OR
  • Approved Graduate Elective (3)
  • Approved Methods or Statistics Course*** (3) OR
  • Approved Graduate Elective (3)
  • GCU/GPH 591: Seminar: Geography Colloquium (1)
  • Approved Graduate Elective (3) (Capstone Students)
  • GPH 597: Geography Capstone (3)
  • GCU/GPH 599: Thesis (6)

* Students are required to take either GCU 528 or GCU 529.

** Students are required to take either GCU 585 or GCU 596.

*** Students are required to take three (3) credits of an approved methods or statistics course. It is recommended that this be completed at some point during the first year.

Core and Other Requirements

The listed classes are required and cannot be waived or substituted.

MA Geography students are required to take three (3) credits of an approved methods and/or statistics course. A list of methods and statistics courses currently approved can be found on the MA Geography Approved Methods & Statistics Courses list. Courses not on the list can be petition for and approved by SGSUP’s AD of Graduate Studies. Submit the Petition for Transfer or Interdisciplinary Elective Courses form to request approval.

Electives

Any graduate level GCU, GIS, GPH, or PUP course may be taken as elective, including Research and Reading & Conference credits. Interdisciplinary courses may be taken, but must be approved by the department. Submit the Petition for Transfer or Interdisciplinary Elective Courses form to request approval. A maximum of six (6.0) credits of 400-level coursework may be included on the plan of study.

Culminating Experience

Students must have an identified faculty advisor to supervise to chair the thesis committee, who will also oversee Research and Thesis credits. The faculty advisor should be identified by the end of the Fall of the Senior year

Contact

Undergraduate

Beverly Davis
SGSUP.Advising@asu.edu
480-965-7533 (main office)

Graduate

Christopher Clanahan
sgsup.gradadvising@asu.edu
480-965-7533 (main office)