Admission and Conditional Classification

Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master's degree program. Please consult Graduate AdmissionsOpens in new window in the catalog for complete information. In addition, the department requires:

  • a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units attempted and a 3.0 grade-point average in all geography courses; 
  • a statement of purpose (minimum 600 words) showcasing possible research interests and abilities; and 
  • two letters of reference. 

The deadline for graduate student applications for Fall 2023 is April 1st, 2023.

Students who have no, or a limited, background in geography will be expected to make up the deficit by taking appropriate coursework in consultation with the departmental graduate adviser.