Completing your Application
We have prepared an application guide to help you navigate each step on the official Graduate School application site.
The Graduate School requires the payment of a $65 USD non-refundable Application Fee for all applicants.
If paying this fee represents a significant burden to your finances and you are a member of an underrepresented group, please let us know. We will do our best to cover this fee for applicants from underrepresented groups. A limited number of application fee waivers will be supported by the department budget each year.
Application Review Process and Decisions
All complete applications that are submitted on or before the application deadline are reviewed by the graduate program admissions committee, made up of faculty spanning the major subfields of geography. This committee works together to review and evaluate all applications, and after developing an overall ranking for the applicant pool, potential advisors listed on the application are brought in to provide additional feedback on top overall candidates.
Available funding for research and teaching assistantships sets a general limit on the overall size of each incoming class, and within that incoming class, the department seeks to ensure that a range of geographic interests are represented and that externally funded research projects are properly supported.
Admissions decisions are made following a faculty meeting early in the new calendar year to review and discuss all applicants. Admissions offers are sent to students thereafter. The chair of the graduate admissions committee makes offers to top overall candidates, and in the event that some candidates indicate they are accepting offers elsewhere, the chair will continue moving through the pool to make offers to subsequent candidates.
Offers for admission must receive a response by April 15. We appreciate it if we receive a response as soon as possible, however.