Admittance Requirements

Garden of the Gods and Pikes PeakThe following are minimum standards for admission of students to the MA in Applied Geography degree program:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree from an accredited college or university, or demonstrate completion of work equivalent to the baccalaureate or master's degree given at this University. Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better ("A" is equal to 4.0).
  • Complete the GRE General Test. We use GRE scores in combination with other criteria to evaluate your application. We recommend a minimum combined score for the verbal and quantitative tests of 297 (revised general test) or 1000 (original general test), plus proficiency on the writing requirement. Recognize that there is a 6 to 8 week turnaround from when you take the test until we receive it. Plan accordingly. See for more information.
  • Provide 3 letters of recommendation. 
  • Provide two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. 
  • Application Form Part II requires a statement of intent (Question 7).  Pay particular attention to this essay. It is a major component of your evaluation.

The deadline for receipt of all materials for Fall admittance is February 1. We do not accept Spring admittance.

Application Process

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies requires that applicants complete an on-line application, which is available by following the link below. The link also contains information about the Fast Track admissions process for current and recently graduated UCCS students.

All other application materials are to be sent directly to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Address your application materials and other correspondence as indicated below:

Graduate Director
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy 
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO 80918Additionally, applicants can find information about tuition classification and residency requirements by following the link below.

 See pages on funding opportunities and review our scholarships page.  Be aware that fulfillment of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.