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A 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 admission process is competitive, based on a careful assessment of each applicant’s file, and admission is offered 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:

Priority Deadline: June 1.  Final Deadline: August 1

Spring semester:

Final Deadline: December 1

Application Process

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


Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions 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. 

Graduate Record Exam

Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the last five years should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

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.