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.



Rebecca Sheehan, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
OSU Department of Geography
364 Social Sciences & Humanities
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9178 (direct) or (405) 744-6250 (main office)