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The BA or BS degree, or a foreign equivalent, is required for admission. Degrees need not be from a program in Geography.

Applicants should understand that the admissions process is competitive, based on a careful assessment of each applicant’s file, and that we can only offer admission to a limited number of qualified applicants to ensure high quality advising and accessibility to facilities and other resources.

International students who receive a Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) based on admission to this program will be required to maintain full time enrollment (9 credits per semester) and will be subject to the rules and regulations that pertain to the F-1 or J-1 student visa status. Prospective international students should also visit the International Programs page for more information about graduate studies at Sam Houston State University.

Admission Procedures

Applications are evaluated once per semester.

Application Deadline

Fall semester: August 1. International applicants July 15

Spring semester: December 1. International applicants November 15

Application Process

Our application process is completed using the Graduate Studies’ online admission system. Please note that your application will not be complete without submitting an application fee.


Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the Graduate School Admissions office for initial review. Please note that official transcripts will be required from all admitted students for registration.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Please note that you do not need to wait for your recommendation providers to submit their recommendations before completing the rest of the online application.

Graduate Record Exam

The Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the verbal and quantitative sections, taken within the last five years should be submitted to the Graduate School.

English language proficiency exam score (TOEFL)

Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed one academic year of study at an American (or other English-speaking) university

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