Graduate Admission

Application and Admission Information

Formal application for admission to the graduate program consists of a completed application form, which can be found at the Graduate School admissions page.

Items to be uploaded for application:

  1. an unofficial transcript of all undergraduate course work *
  2. statement of research purpose outlining your academic interests, professional goals, and reasons for selecting Miami as a graduate program (see below)
  3. three letters of recommendation: reviewers submit online via link triggered when applying
  4. if requesting assistantship-please check box on online application
  5. the application fee (paid online)

*two official transcripts must be mailed to Graduate School after admission

We also encourage you to submit verbal and quantitative scores for the Graduate Record Exam, but they are not required. 

The deadline for applying for admission to the graduate program is February 1. Application for admission to the graduate program in geography is made through the Graduate School, which forwards the application to the geography department program. Your 1-2 page Statement of Research Purpose should describe:

  • your preparations for graduate study in geography, including the most relevant course work and/or work experience
  • your principal area(s) of research interest
  • your particular interest in the geography graduate program at Miami University
  • the faculty member(s) that most closely match your research interests and with whom you may potentially work.

If the applicant is acceptable and meets all requirements to both the department and the Graduate School, admission is granted. Applications for most of the available graduate assistantships are evaluated by the geography department, and awards are made on the basis of academic qualifications. Awards are made for one year, with the understanding that if assistantships are available and if the student maintains good academic standing, the award will be renewed for a second year. Assistantships normally are not renewed beyond the second year.

Prerequisites for graduate work are:

  • introductory human geography
  • introductory physical geography
  • cartography
  • a quantitative methods course
  • two additional advanced geography courses

These prerequisites may be waived if the necessary subject matter has been addressed within the broader context of other course work completed for the baccalaureate degree. If quantitative methods and cartography/GIS were not taken as part of a student’s undergraduate program, graduate courses in these topics must be taken during a student’s first two semesters in residence.