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.