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.



Jon Comer, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Professor & Associate Head
OSU Department of Geography
322 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9176 (direct) or (405) 744-6250 (main office)