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Geographic Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

The Geographic Science program offered by the James Madison University a highly integrated approach that couples the study of people and the environment with the use of cutting-edge tools such as digital mapping technologies and images of the earth collected from satellites and aircraft.  

This unique approach produces graduates who are ‘big picture’ thinkers and are valued by a wide range of employers and prepared for further study in geography and related disciplines.

The program offers two concentrations:

  • Geographic Science - Applied Geographic Information Science
  • Geographic Science - Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Development

Through the study of geography students will:

  • Understand and properly use the terminology and concepts that are central to the discipline of geography, and explain how these concepts evolved over time.
  • Effectively use appropriate geospatial technologies to address questions about human interactions within the built or natural environments.
  • Be productive participants in research efforts aimed at measuring, describing, analyzing, and explaining the underlying processes giving rise to geographic phenomena.
  • Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Evaluate human-environment interactions from holistic point of view that addresses geographic, as well as political, social, economic and ethical factors affecting those interactions.
  • Demonstrate civic responsibility and appreciation for culture and physical diversity from local global scales.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Statistics 
  • Physical Geography 
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Cartography 
  • Earth Observation and GPS 
  • Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape 
  • Human-Environment Interactions 
  • Environment, Nature and Society

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    81

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Academic requirements

  • If you are applying to join the University directly, you must have at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 to join James Madison University.
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music or studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

English language level

  • You can join your university degree program of choice directly if you already meet the university’s entry requirements of IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 81.

In addition to the Application for Admissions, an applicant must submit:

  • Official High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Schedule

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    23650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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