Graduate Programs

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The University of Cincinnati's Department of Geography offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees.

Faculty members in the department of geography take great pride in offering a first rate graduate education to students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a variety of geographic topics. The department is particularly strong in Geographic Information Science, Physical and Environmental Geography, and Urban and Economic Geography.

The strength of our department is reflected by a large amount of external research funding, extensive publications of scholarly work in top-ranking academic journals, and our ability to attract top-caliber graduate students. The department has a strong record of success in graduate placement in private- and public-sector careers, including tenure-track academic positions.

Specific research interests of UC Geography Faculty are listed below: 

  • hydrology
  • climatology
  • surficial processes
  • limnology
  • permafrost/glacial studies
  • water quality studies
  • geomorphology
  • geoarchaeology
  • landscape ecology
  • environmental archaeology
  • soils
  • aquatic ecology
  • biogeography & biogeochemistry
  • environmental geography
  • natural hazards
  • urban form and structure
  • spatial economics
  • urban justice
  • geocomputational social systems
  • complex systems and networks
  • transportation
  • public transit
  • cultural and political geography
  • land use/land cover changes
  • public health
  • crime analysis
  • disaster planning
  • remote sensing
  • GIScience
  • space geoinformatics
  • spatial optimization
  • high performance computing
  • geocomputation
  • geovisualization
  • spatial analysis and modeling
  • environmental sensor networks
  • cartography
  • location-based services
  • agent-based modeling
  • web mapping

Prospective graduate students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in our program should contact a faculty member with similar interests via email.

All inquiries about the application process and the Geography graduate program should be directed to the Graduate Program Director: Professor Tomasz Stepinski (

Important information about applying to UC's Geography graduate program