A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite. Many applicants have a degree in geography, but many degree specializations are appropriate depending upon a student's interests. The M.S. program (32 credit hours with thesis; 36 hours with non-thesis option) is four semesters of full-time study. Master's students will obtain fundamental geographical knowledge and skills to enter into Ph.D. programs or careers in research, education, public service, private industry, or other opportunities open to geographers.