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MA in Geography


Course Description

The Department of Geography's master of arts program educates qualified students for work toward the PhD degree, and for professional careers in government service, federal agencies, health departments, industry and regional or urban planning. The department's goals are to provide students quality academic instruction in geography; to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the field of geography; and to provide the expertise of geographers to the community at large so that decision-makers in both the public and private sectors may enhance the quality of their decisions.

The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in
- Resource Management and Sustainability
- Water Resources
- Flooding and Watershed Impacts
- Environmental Hazard Assessment
- Race and Ethnicity
- Population Health GIS
- Urban and Retail Planning

The program also allows students to specialize in one of five tracks, each of which offer a mix of theory, practice, tools and techniques:
- Cartography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Environmental and Resource Management
- Population Health and GIS
- Urban Planning and Applied Geography
- Race and Ethnicity

There is a thesis option for each of the five tracks. Each track requires a total of 40 credits, as well as defense of a project or a thesis.

Applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Visit the MA in Geography page on the Binghamton University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mohammed Rabiu Abubakari

4946.JPG Undergraduate Education: University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana
MA Track: Urban Planning and Applied Geography

Research Interests:
•Urban Development and its linkage to rural development
•Success of Cities and related challenges
•The African Urban Agenda

Short Biography:

I am Mohammed Rabiu Abubakari, from Tamale, Ghana. I acquired Bachelor of Science Degree in Planning at the University for Development Studies, Tamale (Wa Campus) in 2013. I worked in the Urban Development Unit of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Ghana as a National Service Person for the 2013/2014 service year, and afterward worked as a volunteer in the same capacity until my enrollment at Binghamton University to pursue a Masters Degree in Geography.

My hobbies include dancing.

(Student Profile)

Russell Aldave

4947.JPG Undergraduate Education: SUNY Geneseo
MA Track: Race and Ethnicity

Research Interests:
•Demographics
•Immigration
•Cultural Diversity and Ethnicity

Short Biography:

I was born and raised in Peru. Moved to the US when I was 13 and started 7th grade in Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY. After graduated from high school, I attended SUNY Geneseo where I received a B.A. In 2013, after graduating college, I was able to obtain a teaching position in Middletown Christian School. I worked there until this year where I moved to Binghamton to start my graduate career.

I enjoy playing table tennis and soccer.

(Student Profile)

Daria Andrievskikh

4948.JPG Undergraduate Education: Accounting, Economic analysis
MA Track: Environmental & Resource Management

Research Interests:
•Natural resources conservation
•Sustainability
•Environment governance and policy
•Human interactions with environment

Short Biography:

I was born and raised in Russia. I graduated from the Kurgan State Academy of Agriculture in Russia with a joint Bachelor and Master's degree in Accounting, Economic Analysis and Audit. For three years I've been working in Russia in the local governmental organization responsible for economical and environmental planning of local communities and policy-making of the Kurgan region. In 2014 I participated in the International Forum for young professionals in Paris, France.

I enjoy travelling, reading, and belly-dancing.

(Student Profile)

Stephanie Brewer

4949.JPG Undergraduate Education: Binghamton University
MA Track: Urban and Regional Planning

Research Interests:
•Urban Planning
•Sustainable Development
•Historic Architecture & Preservation
•Ethnicity
•Demography
•Smart Growth
•Farmland Protection

Short Biography:

I was born and raised in the City of Binghamton and received my BA from Binghamton University in 2013. After taking some time off, I officially started my Master's Degree program at Binghamton in the Fall of 2014. I recently started working as a Planner with the Broome County Department of Planning and Economic Development. I hope to finish my degree this winter or next spring and continue working with the local government to implement change throughout the Broome County.

When I am not working or studying, I like to spend time with my cat Max, taking walks on the riverwalk, and reading about local and national news.

(Student Profile)

Shannon Grumbly

4950.JPG Undergraduate Education: Pennsylvania State University
MA Track: Cartography and Geographical Information Systems

Research Interests:
•Natural Hazards
•Cartography
•Geovisualization
•Social Vulnerability

Short Biography:

I am a second year Masters student and completed my Bachelor of Science in Geography from Penn State in 2014. My current research focuses on the geovisualization and cartographic representation of mitigation strategy impacts for near-field tsunamis that are generated along the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the Pacific Northwest. While not working, I enjoy playing racquetball and meeting new people.

(Student Profile)

Tammie Harris

4951.JPG Undergraduate Education: Ithaca College, BA History/Sociology
MA Track: Environmental & Resource Management; Cert. in Watershed Studies & Management

Research Interests:
•Streams & Floodplains
•Flood Mitigation
•Hydraulic Modeling
•GIS

Short Biography:

I grew up in Delaware County, just an hour away from Binghamton. Delaware County is home to reservoirs that provide New York City with its drinking water, so environmental stewardship was instilled in me at a young age. Coupled with severe flooding in recent years, there is a lot of work to be done in my community. I come to Binghamton with the purpose of educating myself with the skills needed to tackle environmental issues that affect my home.

(Student Profile)

Abraham Motau

4952.JPG Undergraduate Education: University of Botswana (B.A Environmental Science)
MA Track: GIS and Natural Resource Management

Research Interests:
•Human Wildlife Conflicts

Short Biography:

I was born in a small country in Southern Africa called Botswana which produces the second most diamonds in the world and the country with the highest number of elephants in the world. I have a B.A Degree in Environmental Science from University of Botswana. I am interested in GIS and programming.

I enjoy playing soccer and reading.


(Scholarship)

Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students - No. of awards TBC

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Candidates must:
-Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
-Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
-Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.

Application Procedure

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/clifford-clark-fellowship.html


(Scholarship)

Budin Assistantship - No. of awards TBC

N/A

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

This assistantship was established by Professor Emeritus Morris and Clara Budin '72 to provide a teaching assistantship and a tuition scholarship for a student studying urban geography and urban planning in the master's program. It is awarded based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

Recipients chosen by the Department of Geography.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#geography-budin


(Scholarship)

Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.

Application Procedure

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/financial-aid/scholarship_pages/elizabeth_knapp_scholarship.html


(Scholarship)

University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#university-women



Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required.

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