Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

The Department of Geography offers graduate programs leading to degrees in the Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The department’s graduate programs emphasize Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Geographic Information Science. Because of the small size of the faculty, most students follow an individualized program that includes courses and seminars in related disciplines. Although the department requires knowledge of the fundamentals of Geography, we welcome students whose undergraduate work has been in other disciplines and who can apply their training to geographic problems.

All graduate students should frequently consult the Geography Graduate Student Handbook. This document contains information about your curriculum requirements, progress meetings, the comprehensive exam process, how satisfactory progress is determined, resources available to you. and much, much more. Please be familiar with the contents and use it as a reference for programmatic questions you may have.

Geography Graduate Handbook 23-23


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Graduate Coordinator:
Ben Hinde
E-mail: bhinde@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-5052
Office Hours: M-Th 9-3, Friday Remote


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Master’s Degree

Our master’s students are free to pursue a more generalized study of cultural, physical, or environmental geography.

Master’s Requirements


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Doctorate Degree

Our Ph.D. program closely follows the research interests of the Geography faculty.


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Researching Forest Management

“In the TEEL lab, we work with ecosystem models at landscape scales to project how our forested lands will develop into the future and use scenario analysis driven by stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of different forest management strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. My research focuses of the perhumid region of southeast Alaska and coastal British Columbia, where newly implemented forest management plans have shifted towards preserving old-growth by harvesting only in areas that have been historically harvested in the past. My goal is to understand how this shift in forest management will affect the carbon trajectories of these forests under different climate change scenarios. I am also developing a new module of LANDIS-II that will better simulate the cyclical storms found in this region and the resulting tree mortality due to windthrow.”

—James Lamping, Geography doctoral candidate, '25


Graduate Courses

The department’s graduate programs emphasize Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Geographic Information Science.

Courses


Funding your Graduate Studies

The Department of Geography offers multiple awards to help fund graduate student research.

Funding and Research Support


Prepare for the Professional World

The UO Teaching Engagement Program’s Graduate Teaching Initiative offers UO graduate students structured and rigorous, yet flexible, pathways to develop as college teachers.

Career and Professional Development


Our Graduate Students

Our graduate students pursue their academic research within a vibrant community of engaged and inquisitive peers.

Resources for the Graduate Community


Events

Curious about Resumes? (Workshop)
Apr16
Curious about Resumes? (Workshop) Apr 16 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Diachronic View of Language Policy in Togo
Apr16
Diachronic View of Language Policy in Togo Apr 16 Chapman Hall
Your Future in Tech + Connect (Industry Panel + Networking Night)
Apr16
Your Future in Tech + Connect (Industry Panel + Networking Night) Apr 16 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Registration Deadline for Undergraduate Symposium
Apr17
Registration Deadline for Undergraduate Symposium Apr 17
Black CommUnity Table
Apr17
Black CommUnity Table Apr 17 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Apr17
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Apr 17 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Environmental Connect 2024
Apr17
Environmental Connect 2024 Apr 17 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Cinema Studies Presents: Horror Cinema: Screening of Short Films by Filmmaker Alejandro Brugués
Apr17
Cinema Studies Presents: Horror Cinema: Screening of Short Films by Filmmaker Alejandro Brugués Apr 17 Lawrence Hall
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic
Apr17
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic Apr 17 Fenton Hall
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic
Apr17
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic Apr 17 Fenton Hall