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Geography (MA or PhD)

The MA and the PhD in Geography are awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The MA is offered with or without a thesis. Well-qualified students with a BA/BS may be admitted directly into the PhD program. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (kathleen-stewart@uiowa.edu) for further information.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall semester—February 1
  • Spring semester—October 15

Application Procedures 

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to your academic department and some to the Office of Admissions.

Materials to send to the department:

  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Application for Graduate Awards (PDF)
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A second set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply 

If you Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information 

Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
The University of Iowa
316 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242 
geography@uiowa.edu
319-335-0150

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
admissions@uiowa.edu
319-335-1525