Master of Science Degree in Geospatial Science


The Master of Science Degree in Geospatial Science at the University of North Alabama may be completed either on campus or 100% online. In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies (See General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the Master of Science degree program in Geospatial Science requires the following:

Unconditional Admission

  1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in an appropriate field of study from an accredited institution or complete coursework that will meet this requirement as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  2. Scholastic Achievement: Applicants must possess a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of undergraduate work and in all previous graduate work (if any).
  3. Test Scores: Applicants must have a combined score of at least 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. At least one letter of recommendation must be provided by a faculty member from the applicant’s prior undergraduate or graduate program.
  5. Personal Statement: Applicants should describe themselves academically and professionally and include a narrative of their intellectual and academic history and heritage. Applicants should describe their interests in graduate school, desire for entrance into the UNA Department of Geography, and their long term plans.
  6. Letter of Intent: Applicants should describe their desired area of study and why that is of interest to them, what they hope to learn, and what they plan to do with what is learned and the experience that is gained.

A departmental Graduate Admissions Committee will review each application and make all admission decisions. Applications, transcripts, and test scores must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions in accordance with submission deadlines established by that office. Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, and Letter of Intent will be submitted directly to the Department of Geography in care of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Conditional Admission

A student may be conditionally admitted to the M.S. program in Geospatial Science if his/her GRE scores have not yet been obtained, if the Graduate Admissions Committee deems the undergraduate coursework insufficient, or if the applicant’s letters of recommendation have not been received by the Department of Geography. A student without sufficient prior coursework in geography may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites for graduate level work. The student must submit satisfactory test scores or complete remedial coursework prior to completing 12 credit hours in the program. Applicants not meeting requirements #2 and #3 above may still be considered if other evidence of potential academic achievement is presented.


Initially, students will be advised by the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Geography until students have been assigned or have selected an academic advisor.

Degree and Program Plans

Master of Science Degree in Geospatial Science requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and includes the following core and options:

Core Classes
GE 600Geographic Thought3
GE 609Geographic Methods in Design3
GE 615Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography3
Elective Courses 124
Thesis or Non-Thesis
Select one of the following:
Total Hours33

Thesis Option1

GE 695Thesis6
Select from 500-600 electives21
Total Hours27

Non-Thesis Option1

GE 692Research3
Select from 500/600 level electives24
Total Hours27