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West Chester University Masters Degrees in Geography

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The MS in Geography prepares students for a variety of career choices in GIS planning, environmental work, and population and site analysis. Read more
The MS in Geography prepares students for a variety of career choices in GIS planning, environmental work, and population and site analysis. It can also prepare students for entry into many government agencies such as the EPA, Census Bureau, CIA, and Forestry Service, as well as private sector jobs in geospatial technologies, engineering, and planning firms. Another option for students with a MS in Geography is entry into selective Ph.D. programs.

The degree program minimally involves 11 geography classes, or 33 credits to complete the required thesis. Programs of study are tailored to each student's interests, prior background, and career aspirations. The advising process gives students careful individual attention so that their interests are met, and so that they graduate in a timely manner. Three well-equipped GIS labs are available for graduate student work. Students who enter the program on a full time basis should be able to attain the MS degree in two years.

Curriculum

• Thesis Option

Required modules:

GEO 503 Seminar in Modern Geography
GEO 509 Quantitative Methods in Planning/Geography
GEO 534 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 585 Geography Field Methods
GEO 610 Thesis in Geography

Electives:

Selected under advisement from geography, geology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, environmental health, or other appropriate disciplines

• Non-Thesis Option

Required modules:

GEO 503 Seminar in Modern Geography
GEO 509 Quantitative Methods in Planning/Geography
GEO 534 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 584 Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GEO 585 Geography Field Methods
GEO 600 Independent Research in Geography

Electives:

Selected under advisement from geography, geology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, environmental health, or other appropriate disciplines

To find out more information about the modules taught on this course, please see the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/business-public-management/geography-planning/#coursestext

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The GIS Certificate is for students who desire specific programs of study but not a degree and is offered in a classroom-based format or online. Read more
The GIS Certificate is for students who desire specific programs of study but not a degree and is offered in a classroom-based format or online.

Curriculum

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that consists of four courses. Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies have become prominent workplace tools used widely in public and private sectors. This certificate program will provide graduate-level instruction on their use. If a certificate student subsequently or simultaneously applies for and is accepted into one of the Masters degree programs in geography, the geography courses (GEO) listed below can be counted towards the degree.

West Chester University now also offers an on-line option for students wishing to earn a Certificate in GIS through distance education. The online GIS Certificate offers the same curriculum and is taught by the same faculty who teach our in-class courses. The only difference is that courses are taken online instead of in the classroom. For students who wish to combine online with in-class courses, that option is also available. Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits, or four courses to receive the Certificate.

Core Courses:

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEO534)
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GEO584)
Geodatabases (GEO577)

Electives:

Internet Mapping (GEO507)
Environmental Modeling with GIS (GEO538)
Introduction to Business GIS (GEO556)
Geography Field Methods (GEO585)
GIS-related Internship (GEO615)
Water Quality & Health (ENV533)
Emergency Preparedness (ENV570)

Fore more information about these modules, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/business-public-management/geography-planning/geographic-information-systems-certificate/

Course Delivery

West Chester University's Online GIS Certificate courses are primarily taught asynchronously with students required to meet certain learning, assess and other requirements in a stated time period. Online courses do not meet in a classroom, but students have an option to enroll in classroom-based courses if desired.

WCU delivers its Online GIS Certificate through Desire2Learn (D2L) online courseware. Using D2L, professors teaching online courses have many options for delivering course material including video, voiceover presentations and readings, and many options for assignments including discussion forums, blog postings, file uploads and online testing.

While most of the course requirements can be completed in your own time, in some cases professors may assign assignments or activities that may require students to be available at certain times.

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

• Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
• Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

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The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at West Chester University prepares students to enter the workforce as  professional planners and thereby meet the growing demand for urban and regional planners, and related professions in the region. Read more
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at West Chester University prepares students to enter the workforce as  professional planners and thereby meet the growing demand for urban and regional planners, and related professions in the region. Professional planners help to influence the future of neighborhood, local, regional and metropolitan areas. A planner plays a major role in shaping communities, in providing guidance for sustainable development, and in addressing social, economic, environmental and political problems of communities. The urban and regional planning curriculum equips students with the professional knowledge and technical skills to guide the complex processes of a changing world, to utilize geospatial and other technologies to create a sustainable built and natural environment.

Students will understand how to make decisions based on sound knowledge and guided by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics. The program has been designed to align with the standards of the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).  Students will develop specific competencies for planning research and analysis, plan making, effective communication skills, working with diverse environments and communities, applying ethical principles, advocating for social justice, and employing geospatial technologies for planning applications and decision-making.

Students will develop specific competencies for planning research and analysis, plan making, effective communication skills, working with diverse environments and communities, applying ethical principles, advocating for social justice, and employing geospatial technologies for planning applications and decision-making.

The program utilizes two state-of-the-art GIS labs and a fully-equipped Planning Studio, which are located in the Building and Public Management Center on the 1st floor. Check out some recent media coverage of the building with images of the labs and Studio here: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/03/22/cutting-edge-technology-at-west-chester-u-prepares-students-for-real-world/

Curriculum

The MURP degree is comprised of nine required core courses (27 credits) and six or seven additional elective courses (21 credits)

Required modules:

PLN525 Planning History, Theory & Ethics
GEO509 Quantitative Methods
PLN527 Planning Law
GEO534 Geographic Information Systems
PLN508 Qualitative Methods & Community Engagement Techniques
PLN521 Land Use Planning
PLN536 Environmental Planning
PLN505 Planning Design (Studio A)
PLN605 Planning Design (Studio B)

In consultation with their graduate advisor, students select six or seven courses in their area(s) of interest from a range of course offerings. Students also have an option to complete an internship for course credit. If approved by a thesis committee, students also have an opportunity to complete a graduate thesis.

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