Geography and Urban Studies MA

Develop research techniques and analytical skills to understand and address complex social issues specific to urban areas with the Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. 

Rapid urbanization and environmental problems are defining the 21st century. Students analyze critical problems in urban communities through a data-driven, integrative curriculum that incorporates economics, public policy, sociology and spatial analysis. Students also form a deep understanding of the historical and philosophical bases of contemporary urban studies.  

In the 36-credit Geography and Urban Studies MA, you will research areas such as 

  • environmental issues, 
  • gender and race, 
  • geographic methods, 
  • international development, 
  • social and spatial theory, and 
  • urban development. 

All courses take place at Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, allowing you to study at a university that is deeply ingrained in neighboring urban communities.

Temple’s Geography and Urban Studies department is an intimate program in which professors lead small classes and guide students throughout their time in the program. The interdisciplinary expertise of the faculty includes critical geography, feminist geography, program evaluation and spatial analysis. Learn more about Geography and Urban Studies MA faculty.

Graduates are prepared to pursue doctoral studies, careers in academia, or positions in community organizing and social change efforts, environmental sustainability, urban and economic development, and social justice.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with no additional coursework, expanding your career opportunities in the job market. Develop industry-relevant GIS skills through advanced training in geospatial analysis and mapping technology. Harness this powerful analytical tool to deliver data-driven decision making in-demand across most industries and organizations. 

The department offers training in geographic information science within a research lab equipped with the latest technologies. Temple’s Spatial Analytics Lab offers spatial analytic services to external institutions and agencies while providing students with a state-of-the-art research and education facility.

Students working in Temple's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab.

Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field, collaborating with them and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Students have three years to complete the Geography and Urban Studies MA program on a full or part-time basis with classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

The 36-credit curriculum includes core coursework, two methodology courses, four electives, and a Master’s Research Paper course, for which students meet as a class to facilitate the production of a high-quality paper on a topic connected to their work in a specific class.

Core courses include the following.

  • Critical Issues in Globalization, Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Geographic Inquiry
  • History and Theory of Urban Studies
  • Public Policy for Urban Regions

Learn more about Geography and Urban Studies MA courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.

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