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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography

Graduate Program

The Department of Geography offers training in fundamental geographic skills and the opportunity for advanced study and research in a variety of fields within the discipline. Areas of emphasis reflect faculty interest and competence and include the following: cartography and visualization, GIScience, and remote sensing; cultural, economic, political, and urban geography; envrionmental science and climatology; and environment-society relationships.  Programs of study lead to the M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The department has a strong record of success in graduate placement in private- and public-sector careers as well as in the academic sphere. To assist in its educational role, the department administers the GISciences Research Laboratory, the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, the Climate Research Laboratory, the Biogeomorphic Research Laboratory, the Center for Excellence in Geographic Education and the South Carolina Geographic Alliance. In addition, the department has strong linkages with the Southeast Regional Climate Center and the geographic information functions of the university.

Application Deadline

  • For Fall Semester: January 15


Dr. Jean Taylor Ellis, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Geography, University of South Carolina