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Admittance Requirements

The 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 1000, 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 April 1

Note: If you wish to be considered for a graduate fellowship, application deadlines are February 15 rather than April 1.

See page on funding opportunities for information on graduate fellowships.

Be aware that fulfillment of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

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Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies,
Columbine Hall, COH2
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 80918
Phone: 719.262.4065
Fax: 719.262.4066


BA in Geography
Dr. Robert Larkin

MA in Applied Geography
Dr. John Harner