48 months
824 USD/credit 24720 USD/year
824 USD/credit 24720 USD/year
412 USD/credit 12360 USD/year
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The Geography program of the Northeastern Illinois University studies a practical discipline which studies the distribution and movement of people, things and ideas across the complex surface of Earth. It offers great intellectual breadth by way of integrating knowledge from many disciplines in the social and natural sciences.


Program Paths

In addition to the required courses in geography, students may choose to specialize in urban and social geography or geospatial techniques. The first option focuses on the study of metropolitan areas and the socio-spatial patterns that characterize them. Students are introduced to principles of urban planning and urban design and the dynamics of urbanization. The latter option includes instruction in field methods, computer-assisted mapping, statistics, geographic information science, and interpretation of aerial photos and satellite images.

Program Objectives

Students of the Geography program of the Northeastern Illinois University are expected to:

  • apply both a systematic approach and a regional approach to interpret, analyze and organize geographic information at global, regional, and local scales
  • show an understanding of physical geographic systems such as weather, climate, landforms, soils, natural vegetation, and hydrology
  • demonstrate knowledge about how humans shape landscapes, with particular attention to urban, economic and other cultural patterns
  • interpret maps, data and images; to collect geographic data from multiple sources; to make effective maps and to conduct analysis using Geographic Information Systems
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills to interpret, evaluate and predict spatial patterns or phenomena, and to propose solutions to geographic problems at various scales of analysis
  • demonstrate effective skills working individually and within a group for research as well as for oral, written, and graphic presentations

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • World Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES
  • GIS Across Disciplines
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Political Geography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission Application
  • Official ACT/SAT scores (required if you have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit)
  • Official transcript from high school (required if you have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Undergraduate Financial Statement 
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 824 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    24720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 824 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    12360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 412 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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