Master of Arts in Applied Geography & Geospatial Science

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Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

February 1st is the priority deadline, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 1st.

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Program Director: Rafael Moreno

Associate Program Director: Thomas Duster​

In the United States and around the world, balancing the preservation of the natural environment with the imperatives of economic development along with concerns for social well­being has led to a growing demand for broadly trained individuals who can identify and understand pressing social and environmental issues, collect and analyze relevant data, and develop and implement innovative solutions. Graduates of the MA program in Applied Geography and Geospatial Science will have the knowledge, training, and tools to become leaders in this rapidly growing field.

The program’s research focus is human-environment interaction, a longstanding hallmark of the discipline of Geography. Within this area of critical geographic inquiry, the program emphasizes geospatial science, a federally recognized STEM subject area that includes geographic information systems (GIS) as well as computer cartography, remotely sensed image analysis, and spatial statistics. Students apply their geospatial research skills in the context of hands-­on, faculty-­led research projects that stress professional development through community engagement and interactive service learning

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International Application

GES is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which allows our graduate applicants who are residents of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member states* to pay Colorado in-state tuition. All graduate students applying for our MA or MS programs are eligible!

*WICHE member states and U.S. territories include:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Colorado (CO)
  • Guam (GU)
  • Hawaii (HI)
  • Idaho (ID)
  • Montana (MT)
  • Nevada (NV)
  • New Mexico (NM)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • South Dakota (SD)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Washington (WA)
  • Wyoming (WY)


Am I Eligible?

You are eligible to apply for in-state tuition through WRGP if you:

  • Reside in eligible state prior to starting first academic term of WRGP acceptance.
  • Are admitted into a qualifying program.

How Does It Work?

Each program differs in number of WRGP slots available, selection criteria, and WRGP application process. Please contact us for additional details.

Do I Need To Reapply Every Year?

No. Once you are admitted through WRGP, you are eligible as long as you:

  • Maintain current residency of WRGP state.
  • Maintain good academic standing.

Can I Establish Residency In Colorado?

No, not while you are paying in-state tuition through WRGP. If you want to build time towards establishing residency, you will need to pay the full out-of-state tuition.

Want more FAQs and information about WRGP? Visit their website.