Department of Geography

The Master of Arts in Geography

The WIU Department of Geography offers the Master of Arts degree. The requirements are highly flexible, allowing a student to arrange programs of study that will serve as a basis for further graduate study or to prepare for positions in industry, business, or government. It is possible for students, through internship experiences and/or specific course combinations, to enhance their career opportunities. We also offer certificates in Community Development and Planning, and GIS Analysis.

Career Opportunities

  • Digital Cartography
  • Disaster Response
  • Environmentalist
  • Urban Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Land Use Planning
  • Tourism Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Economic Development Planning
  • Public Health Planning
  • Historic Preservation Planning
  • GIS related Professions
  • Homeland Security
  • Utilities/Construction Company
  • Real Estate Business
  • International Business
  • Location or Geographic Analyst
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Remote Sensor Specialist
  • Public Education

…and many more!!

Faculty Expertise

The Department of Geography faculty hold doctoral degrees from universities in the United States.  Our faculty are dedicated educators who work very well with graduate students. They conduct research, publish publication articles, and make presentations. Our graduate students have ample opportunities to work with faculty on research projects involving: tornadogenesis, vortex dynamics, transportation dynamics, GIS, meteorology, climatology, environment-behavior studies, geomorphology, remote sensing, community and economic development, social justice, atmospheric dynamics, urban and regional planning, cartography, or sustainable development.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) Programs

The Department of Geography offers a PBC in Community Development and Planning, and a joint certificate (with Department of Biological Sciences) in GIS Analysis with two options: Ecological GIS or GIS Applications.

Both certificates are designed for graduate and non-degree seeking graduate students. 

See the PBC Programs page for further information.

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Several of our graduate students are participants in the Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development, where returned Peace Corps Volunteers serve an 11-month internship in a rural community providing hands-on assistance and leadership on local projects.  Students in the program occasionally pursue the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community Development and Planning concurrent with the Master's degree.

Admission information

For further information on the M.A. in Geography, a degree program profile is available online.

For more information about graduate studies at WIU, visit the Graduate School homepage (application forms are available) or the online Graduate Catalog.


Contact Information

For admissions process and general program information, please contact School of Graduate Studies, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, 309/298-1806,,

For specific program questions, please contact:

Dr. Sunita George










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