Graduate Program


The Masters and Ph.D. programs in Geography specialize in three broad areas including cultural/historical geography, resource management, and transportation/urban geography. These degree programs are designed for students to master the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement, and present, through oral and written form, original geographic research. Therefore, graduate students study geographic research methods and analysis, the history and philosophies of Geography, and knowledge of current geographic research.

Graduates may seek professional employment in, for example, locational analysis, regional planning, resource management, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), computer cartography, historic preservation, and culturally-focused agencies and organizations. Students completing the Master’s degree are well-prepared to continue in doctoral programs, which place a greater emphasis on theoretical facets of Geography. Doctoral graduates often seek research and teaching positions at the University level; therefore, the doctoral program emphasizes analytical theory as well as higher-level research design and a broader, more substantive geographic knowledge base.

Graduate students in the program are expected to accomplish the following learning outcomes:

      • develop the ability to communicate geographic information effectively orally and in writing at the appropriate master’s or doctoral level;
      • develop apposite knowledge in geographic literature and research at the appropriate level;
      • develop skills in tools for geographic data collection and methods of analysis at the appropriate level;
      • be able to develop geographic creative components, theses, or dissertations that marshal evidence, analyze data, and synthesize meaningful conclusions;
      • be able to identify and discuss significant geographic trends within their (three) chosen specialty areas of Geography (Ph.D. students); and
      • become familiar with work in cognate fields.

 More generally, students are also expected to:

      • become engaged in the life of the department by attending colloquia and other departmental functions;
      • become good university citizens by observing all policies relating to the responsible conduct of research, including academic integrity, and of various other graduate and professional student organizations; and
      • become practitioners in the discipline of Geography, including attending professional meetings, joining and engaging in professional organizations, and preparing research results for publication.


The Department of Geography also participates in the following graduate programs:

For more information, contact:

Jonathan Comer

Jonathan Comer
Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Geography
322 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-4073
Phone: (405)  744-6250 or (405) 744-6250
Fax:  (405) 744-5620