Overview and History of the Department
Faculty and students lead efforts to understand many important global and local issues: environmental sustainability, transportation and mobility, water shortages and river dynamics, health, hunger, and urban inequalities – and to harness and innovate geospatial data and methods in these efforts. Their scientific contributions are represented in important books, articles, grants, and awards. Within the department, research and education encompass four broad areas of geographical inquiry: Cities and Metropolitan Areas; Geographic Information Science; River, Watershed and Landscape Dynamics; and Society, Space, and Environments. Please explore our web site to learn more about these areas and to find out about our people, events, activities, and innovations.
The Geography and Geographic Information Science department’s present-day success at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is rooted in its history. The importance of geography as a field of scientific merit was recognized in 1867 by the organizers of the Illinois Industrial University, the forerunner of the University of Illinois.
The first Master's degree in geography was earned in 1936, while the discipline was still a part of the Geology Department. Since that date, Master's degrees have been awarded to many students, most of them since 1950. The first Doctoral degree was completed in 1951, and now over 140 PhDs have been earned in the department. Between thirty-five and fifty graduate students are usually in residence; drawn from all over the United States and many other countries (South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, Nigeria, China, Japan, Indonesia, and India have been represented in recent years). More than 40 undergraduates are currently enrolled as geography majors, joining the hundreds of undergraduates who have completed Bachelor’s degrees in geography and geographic information science at Illinois. More than 1,000 alumni have earned degrees from the department, and they include leaders in academia, business, law, GIS, government, and consulting.
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- Introduction to Meteorology
- Global Development&Environment
- Earth's Physical Systems
- Social and Cultural Geography
- The Digital Earth
- 48 months
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DisciplinesGeography Geographical Information Systems (GIS) View 158 other Masters in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in United States
- High school transcript
- Test score results (ACT, SAT)
- Application fee (Domestic $50 ; International $75)
- To be considered for admission, you must complete a program of study that qualifies you for admission to selective universities in your own country. Freshman applicants must report their academic credentials when they apply.
International30594 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 30594 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National29704 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 29704 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State12254 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 12254 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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