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Master’s Degrees in Geography & Cartography

1,192 Yearly Graduations
$58,400 Median Salary
$27,208 Median Debt
There are 157 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in geography. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 17 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 16.3% of geography graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Geography Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,192 earned their master's degree in geography. This earns it the #98 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in geography at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 4,690
Master’s Degree 1,192
Basic Certificate 1,050
Graduate Certificate 827
Associate’s Degree 339
Undergraduate Certificate 295
Doctor’s Degree 280

Earnings of Geography Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in geography is $58,400. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $52,525 to a high of $66,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in geography is $27,208. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $35,480 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,702.

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The median monthly payment of a geography graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $317.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in geography. About 57.1% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 681
Women 511
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Geography

The racial-ethnic distribution of geography master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 44
Black or African American 44
Hispanic or Latino 73
White 746
International Students 194
Other Races/Ethnicities 91
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Geography Master's Degree Students

There are 157 colleges that offer a master’s degree in geography. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
52 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for geography majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at UW - Madison. About 40% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
46 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at USC. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 35% were women.

#3

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
40 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in geography. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Penn State World Campus. About 28% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
37 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clark University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Each year, around 3,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,848 per year.

The geography program at Clark University awarded 37 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 41% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

32 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in geography. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their master's degree in geography from CSULB. About 41% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
28 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Denver comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in geography. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their master's degree in geography from DU. Of these students, 46% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
28 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Arizona. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their master's degree in geography from University of Arizona. Of these students, 43% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
27 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Johns Hopkins. About 59% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
26 Yearly Graduations
65% Women

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

The geography program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities awarded 26 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at UPenn. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

22 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The geography program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 22 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 32% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
21 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their master's degree in geography from UT Dallas. About 52% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
21 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University at Buffalo is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Roughly 31,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their master's degree in geography from University at Buffalo. About 29% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
21 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in geography. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at GMU. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

17 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

The geography program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus awarded 17 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 18% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their master's degree is Binghamton University. Each year, around 18,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Binghamton University. About 56% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
16 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their master's degree is Portland State University. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

The geography program at Portland State University awarded 16 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

#18

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
15 Yearly Graduations
53% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for geography majors who are seeking their master's degree is Appalachian State University. Each year, around 19,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,242 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,839 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at Appalachian State.

15 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Tacoma Campus comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in geography. Each year, around 5,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 master's degrees were handed out to geography majors at UW Tacoma. About 27% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
14 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in geography. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

The geography program at Florida State University awarded 14 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to geography that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
International Relations & Security 4,818
Economics 4,391
Political Science & Government 1,984
Sociology 1,442
Anthropology 1,085

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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