The Department admits applicants for the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. However, the M.A. exists here as a foundation for the Ph.D., and the Department admits only those applicants whose ultimate objective is the Ph.D.
One copy of official transcript(s) must be mailed directly to the Department:
Department of Geography
1255 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1524
An application may be submitted for admission to any quarter. However, funding decisions are generally made in the spring for students who plan to matriculate in the Fall. For that reason, students who wish to be considered for funding are strongly encouraged to submit applications for Fall quarter.
For the 2021 – 2022 Admission cycle, GRE scores are optional. If applicants opt to submit GRE scores, please note we typically require GRE scores only from applicants who are residents of the United States. The scores of successful applicants vary widely and are considered in light of the student’s research interests and educational background. When sending GRE scores, choose 4837 as the Institution Code and 2203 as the Department Code.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English, and scores must be mailed directly to the Department. When sending TOEFL scores, choose 4837 as the Institution Code and 70 as the Department Code. Information for international applicants, including English requirements and Visa procedures.
Graduate study in the Department is tailored to the research interests of each individual student, and a student’s graduate program is designed in consultation with her or his faculty advisor and M.A. or Ph.D. degree committee. Therefore, incoming graduate students are expected to share interests with active faculty in the Department. Applicants may find it useful to initiate contact with appropriate faculty members.
In general, a successful applicant will have:
- Completed an undergraduate degree with a major in geography or a related field;
- Attained at least a 3.3 grade-point average (GPA) in courses taken in the junior and senior years and in the major for admission to the M.A. program or a 3.5 GPA in graduate courses for students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.A.; and
- Provided strong letters evaluating past academic, and possibly professional, performance and potential for high achievement in graduate studies.
In addition, students applying to the Ph.D. program should provide evidence of substantive research in the form of a published paper, thesis chapter, or equivalent document.
Admission to the M.A. or Ph.D. program requires that a faculty member from the Department of Geography express a willingness to serve as an interim advisor to the applicant. Students are therefore strongly advised to establish personal contact with potential advisors before application. (Geography faculty list)
Please reference the Geography Graduate Student Manual for further information.