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Graduate Program

Forms

This table provides links to commonly used forms, along with a short description for each form. Consult the Graduate Handbook for more details on program requirements.

General Forms

FORM

DUE

DESCRIPTION

Independent Study

At time of registration for independent study class, usually the beginning of the semester

This form is required for all individual project, directed reading, and teaching practicum courses. Student and mentor agree on requirements for the course and sign form. After turning in the form, staff will provide a registration number for the course.

Leave of Absence Request

By last day of classes in a semester

With approval of advisor and Director of Graduate Studies, student may take a one semester leave from program. The leave of absence can be renewed for a second semester, but cannot last more than 1 year.

Graduate Student Progress Assessment

Friday of the 1stweek of Spring semester

Student (in consultation with advisor) completes form and submits to advisor

Graduate Student Travel Award Application

Prior to traveling (first come/first served until funds exhausted)

Apply for matching travel funds up to $400 for students presenting research at a professional meeting. Matching support must be from University sources and only one award will be made to student per year.

Coursework Petition

Before filing Program of Study

Student petitions Advisor, Director, and Chair to have a requirement substituted or waived.

Petition for Exception to Policy

As needed

Retroactively withdraw from a course for a non-academic reason or remove a "W" from transcript due to institutional error.

Undergraduate Petition for Graduate Credit

Before University of Utah bachelor degree awarded, or retroactively in graduate program

A maximum of six credit hours (two courses) not used to meet the requirements of another degree may be transferred to a graduate program of study. See the Graduate Handbook for limitations.

Graduate Transfer Credit Authorization

When filing a Program of Study, a supervisory committee may accept up to 6 credit hours

Hours may only be used toward only one degree, must be a "B" or higher grade (CR not acceptable), and taken within 4 years (MS) or 7 years (PhD) of semester of admission

Last Semester Notification

Before the 15th day of the next semester after defending

International students must submit this form to the International Center the next semester after defending when working with the Thesis Editor and not registered for hours.

Request for Statement of Degree Completion

After thesis released but before diploma issued

Only available during the term in which you applied to graduate through the last day of finals for that term. Only one issued.

Master's Forms

FORM

DUE

DESCRIPTION

Record of Progress

Started at admission and updated throughout program

Lists program prerequisites, requirements and forms due. Keeps track of student progress.

Request for Supervisory Committee

Typically by beginning of second year

Nominates an advisor and two additional members for a supervisory committee. Submit vita for non-U committee members.

Request to Change Supervisory Committee Personnel

As needed

Requires approval of Director of Graduate Studies and justification for the changing a committee. Submit vita for non-U committee members.

Thesis/Technical Report/Dissertation Approval

Typically before start of Fall or Spring semester of second year

Selects thesis/manuscript/technical report option. Documents completed colloquium presentation, committee approval of proposal, and departmental acceptance of proposal.

Change Thesis/Technical Report/Dissertation Option

As needed

Notifies committee and Department of thesis/manuscript/technical report option change

Application for Admission to Candidacy for the Master's Degree

Due by Nov. 1, Feb. 1, or June 1 in semester prior to graduation

Committee approves the Program of Study and accepts student for Candidacy.

Application for Graduate Degree

Due by Nov. 1, Feb. 1, or June 1 in semester prior to graduation

Use this form to apply for Graduation at Window 15 of the Registrar's Office, 2ndfloor of SSB.

Reapplication for Graduate Degree

Due by end of semester in which applied for graduation

Use this form to reapply for Graduation when the graduation semester must be changed.

Report of the Final Examination for the Master's Degree

After defense

Committee votes pass/fail and recommends any changes to thesis/technical report

Master's Committee/Final Reading Approval

Prior to submission of thesis to Thesis Editor

Confirms that content of thesis, bibliographic style, figures, and citations are acceptable to department.

Statement of Thesis Approval

Prior to uploading final electronic thesis

Confirms committee approval for electronic thesis

Technical Report Committee Final Approval

Prior to submission of thesis to Thesis Editor

Confirms that content of report, bibliographic style, figures, and citations are acceptable to department.

Ph.D. Forms

FORM

DUE

DESCRIPTION

Record of Progress

Started at admission and updated throughout program

Lists program prerequisites, requirements and forms due. Keeps track of student progress.

Request for Supervisory Committee

Typically by beginning of second year

Nominates an advisor and four additional members for a supervisory committee. Submit vita for non-U committee members.

Request to Change Supervisory Committee Personnel

As needed

Requires approval of Director of Graduate Studies and justification for the changing a committee. Submit vita for non-U committee members.

Thesis/Technical Report/Dissertation Approval

Typically before start of Fall or Spring semester of second year

Selects dissertation/manuscript option. Requires completed colloquium presentation, committee approval of proposal, and departmental acceptance of proposal.

Change Thesis/Technical Report/Dissertation Option

As needed

Notifies committee and Department of dissertation/manuscript option change

Skills Proficiency

Before taking the Qualifying Exam

Documents proficiency in at least two research skills

Program of Study (Ph.D.), Part 1

Before taking the Qualifying Exam

Advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies sign to approve Program

Program of Study (Ph.D.),Part 2

Before taking the Qualifying Exam

Documents Program of Study for the Graduate School and the Graduation Office

Report of the Qualifying Examination for the Ph.D. and Recommendation for Admission to Candidacy

Due by Nov. 1, Feb. 1, or June 1 in semester prior to graduation

Reports pass/fail for student's written and oral qualifying exam administered by the Supervisory Committee and admits student to Ph.D. Candidacy (ABD status).

Application for Graduate Degree

Due by Nov. 1, Feb. 1, or June 1 in semester of graduation

Use this form to apply for Graduation at Window 15 of the Registrar's Office, 2ndfloor of SSB.

Reapplication for Graduate Degree

Due by end of semester in which applied for graduation

Use this form to reapply for Graduation when the graduation semester must be changed.

Report of the Final Oral Examination for Ph.D.

After defense

Committee votes pass/fail and recommends any changes to dissertation

Ph.D. Committee/Final Reading Approval

Prior to submission of dissertation to Thesis Editor

Confirms that content of dissertation, bibliographic style, figures, and citations are acceptable to department.

Statement of Dissertation Approval

Ready to upload final electronic copy of dissertation

Confirms committee approval for electronic dissertation

Graduate Program

The Department of Geography offers several graduate degree options: 

  • Geography Master's of Science and Geography Master's of Arts are academic degrees that allow close collaboration with an advisor on research, resulting in a thesis.
  • Master's of Science in GIS (MSGIS) is a professional degree that focuses on coursework and building a portfolio that showcases GIS skills.
  • The Geography Ph.D. emphasizes original research under the guidance of an advisor, and contributions to a field of study through a dissertation. An academic Master’s degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Why Study at the U

Application Instructions

Potential TA Openings 2015-16

 

 

Why Graduate Study at the University of Utah?

A focused faculty!

The U of U geography department specializes in scientific geography within three areas: urban-economic systems, earth system science and geographic information science. We also encourage research at the overlaps among these areas. For more information, see the Department of Geography's Strategic Plan.

A dynamic research environment!

Department of Geography faculty are involved in cutting-edge research in many domains.

Active research entities within the department include the DIGIT Laboratory, the Center for Natural and Technology Hazards, the Records of Environment and Disturbance (RED) Lab, the Power Paleoecology Lab, and the Utah Remote Sensing Applications (URSA) Lab.

Department of Geography researchers are also involved in the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy and the Global Palaeofire Working Group.

Unique education programs!

The Department of Geography administers a unique Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science that integrates coursework in geography and computer science, providing the knowledge and skills for a first-rate career in geographic information systems (GIS). Students can obtain this certificate independent of a degree by applying as a non-matriculated student.  We also offer a professional Masters of Science degree in GIS for graduate study.

A world-class research university!

The University of Utah is a world-class public university with research activity in many academics fields across the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and arts. For more information, see the University of Utah's research homepage. Also see the University of Utah Graduate School's Why Utah? website or read the About the U and Ways to Visit pages.

A great place to study, play and live!

The University of Utah is located in the northeast corner of Salt Lake City, a medium-sized city with a dynamic, high-tech economy and a sunny, dry four-season climate. Salt Lake City has unparalleled access to world-class skiing and the finest outdoor recreation opportunities in North America (perhaps the world)! And, contrary to popular belief, you can get beer, coffee and other civilized beverages in Utah. For more information about Utah see:

City Weekly -One of Salt Lake's alternative newspapers
Utah CitySearch
Ski Utah! -You'll never ski or board back east again.
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages - Utah

Application Instructions

**The Department of Geography evaluates fit of applicant interests with those of prospective faculty advisors. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with department faculty during the application process**

Application Deadlines

Program

Fall

Spring

Master's of Science in GIS (MSGIS) April 1st (May 1st with a $30 late fee) October 1st (no late applications accepted)
Master's (Applying for financial aid) January 10th Admitted Fall only
Master's (No financial aid requested) January 10th Admitted Fall only
Ph.D. (Applying for financial aid) January 10th (No funding)
Ph.D. (No financial aid requested) April 1st October 1st

Notes:

  • MS / MA students are only accepted for Fall Semester.
  • The PhD program requires an academic Master's degree prior to admission
  • The departmental application AND financial aid deadline for the Master's program is January 10th for the following academic year.
  • Ph.D. applications are accepted for Fall semester (due by April 1) and Spring semester (due by October 1). However, for Ph.D. applicants the financial aid deadline is January 10th for the following academic year.
  • TIP: Submit your online application and pay the fee 30 days prior to the department deadline to allow time for referees to write and submit their recommendations.

REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Transcripts

Please upload your student copy of your transcripts to the online application for the admissions evaluation.  Transcripts must reflect grades.  If admitted, arrange to have official transcripts and degree certificates sent directly to the address below. The University of Utah accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies only: Docufide by Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, AVOW and Scrip-Safe. Please send electronic transcripts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Admissions Office – Graduate Division
The University of Utah
201 S. 1460 E. Room 250 S SSB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

GRE

Graduate Record Examination - Required of all applicants to the academic degree programs. Arrange for ETS to send your most recent scores to the University of Utah, school code 4853 / department code 2203.

NOTE:  Applicants to the professional Master's program (MSGIS) are not required to take the GRE. 

TOEFL or IELTS


(International Applicants Only)

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Arrange for ETS to send your most recent scores to the University of Utah, school code 4853 / department code 70. The TOEFL score expires after two years.

NOTE: Scores must be a minimum of 80 (iBT) or 550 (pBT) for the TOEFL or a minimum band score of 6.5 for the IELTS

Statement of Purpose

The Geography Department requires a Statement of Purpose from each applicant. Please write a statement which includes concise and clear statements on the following topics:

(1) Describe your professional goals following graduation, and why you feel that a Master's or Ph.D. will help you attain those goals;

(2) Describe your specific area(s) of research interest, along with how these interests align with Department and faculty specialties;

(3) Describe how you think the Department of Geography and the University of Utah can fit your needs for a Master's or Ph.D. program.

Writing Sample

Ph.D. applicants only: Upload an abstract of your Master's thesis (if completed) or a description of your thesis research in progress.

Master's applicants: A writing sample is optional.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations for Department of Geography applications will ONLY be accepted electronically via the application system. Paper recommendations will not be accepted.  Three (3) recommendations from persons who are familiar with your academic abilities are required for each applicant to the academic degree programs.  Only two (2) recommendations are required for the professional (MSGIS) degree. We encourage you to "waive the right" to see your letters since most evaluators consider confidential letters more valuable.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Most recent CV or resume

GENERAL Instructions

For additional information, see:

IMPORTANT:

  • Separate applications must be submitted in order to apply to more than one degree program
  • Application fees are subject to change and ARE NOT WAIVED
  • We will evaluate your file only after we receive all required fees and documents, including transcripts
  • International Students only: Proof of financial responsibility is NOT needed to evaluate an applicant's file, nor is it needed to accept a student.  AFTER being admitted, this information IS NEEDED prior to issuing the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility so students may obtain a student visa. (Students being funded by the Department do not need to submit an additional Financial Statement.)  Current estimated expenses for graduate students are detailed here 
  • GRE scores and grades:  We do not admit or deny applicants on the basis of GRE or GPA; rather, we aim to consider the applicant as a whole.  For guidance, if your GRE scores are below the 50th percentile, we urge you to consider re-taking the exam to obtain a better score.  Minimum GPA accepted by the Graduate School is 3.0
  • The MS degree program has no language requirement.  The MA requires standard proficiency in a department-approved foreign language.  The PhD program requires an academic Master's degree prior to admission.
  • Please review the requirement sheets for each degree program for the pre-requisite coursework and proficiencies needed

Admission Standards:

The minimum academic requirements for Graduate admission are:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university,
  • At least a 3.00 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA,
  • Meeting the Department's admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to the program.

TO APPLY

Apply
Yourself

Step 1) CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT AND BEGIN APPLICATION

  • To begin your application click on the button above, use the following link or copy and paste this link into a web browser: https://app.applyyourself.com//?id=utahgrad
  • Read the information on the page, then create a new account by clicking the "Create Account" button
  • Should you experience any problems during the application process, please click on the "Technical Support" button for assistance. Questions about the requirements may be directed to  MaryAnn Golightly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 2) Complete the Online application

  • NOTE: All sections within the application can be accessed at any time using the links at the left side of the page. However, it is recommended that on your first pass through the application that you start with the Personal Data section and use the "Save and Continue" button at the bottom of each section to advance through the application.
  • If you do not complete all questions in the residency sections of the application, you will be classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes.
  • MS/MA/PhD applicants: Please choose up to three professors from the drop-down lists with whom you are interested in working.  It is strongly recommended that you consult with these professors during the application process.
  • MSGIS applicants: Be sure to mark the question relating to full-time or part-time student status under the Applicant Survey section.  Also, supply the relevant work experience and pre-requisite information.  

Step 3) UPLOAD REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae-Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample-Essay-Publication

Step 4) RECOMMENDATIONS

Be sure to select "Yes" to the question "Will this provider be submitting the letter of recommendation online?"  Log in to your application regularly to check the status of your recommendations. Contact each recommender to verify receipt of the email notification. Resend notifications to recommenders who have not submitted in a timely manner.

NOTE: Inform your recommenders that notification emails will indicate "University of Utah – Graduate" as the sender, but the email will come from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If they use a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add this email address to their list of known/safe addresses.

Step 5) CHECK YOUR APPLICATION

Using the links at the left side of the page, go back through each section of the application and review it for completeness. Once you are satisfied with your application, click the "Check Your Application" link (last link on left side of page). Any incomplete answers found will need to be completed before submitting your application.

Step 6) SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

After you have carefully reviewed your application, click the "Submit" button at the top of the page.

NOTE: Changes cannot be made to your application after submission.   Additional documents may be uploaded, however, it is recommended that you notify the Department by email when adding documents after submission.

Step 7) PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

After you submit your application, you will be asked if you want to pay the fee at the time of submission (online with a credit card) or at a later date. We highly recommend paying the application fee at the time of submission with a credit card. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid. The University of Utah and the Department of Geography have different application deadlines. You must submit your application by the Department of Geography deadlines (refer to the table at the top of this page) to be considered for admission.

Step 8) CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY

The application review process will not begin until after the submission deadline (January 10). It may take several weeks to complete the process before applicants will be contacted. In most cases, applicants are notified soon AFTER February 15th.

NOTE: All correspondence regarding your application will be sent via email to the email address on your application. If this email address is not your primary address, please check it regularly or forward it to an email account you check daily.

tracking your application status

If you are admitted, you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance from the Office of Admissions in the mail.  If you have not received your acceptance letter, then check your progress in the ApplyYourself application.  If you received your Letter of Acceptance in the mail, then you may still need to send us final documentation. Check your status now.

Thank You

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program at the University of Utah Department of Geography.  If you have additional questions about the application process, contact  MaryAnn GolightlyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Decisions will be communicated to applicants by email AFTER February 15.

Interviews

The department has a small amount of funding for domestic graduate applicants who are interested in visiting the University of Utah before making their decision. Please inquire with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Other Offices to Contact for Additional Information

International Student Services

Housing

International Center Office of Residential Living
410 University Union S114D Van Cott Hall
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-581-8876 801-587-2002

http://internationalcenter.utah.edu/     

http://www.orl.utah.edu/

   

Loans & Scholarships

University Student Apartments

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055 801-581-8667
801-581-6211

http://www.apartments.utah.edu/

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Off-Campus Housing Listing

List of Apartments & Housing Websites

What Is Geography?

Geography is the study of natural Earth systems, human societies and the interaction between them. Geography bridges the physical and social sciences.  Geographers work with powerful technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), digital Earth imagery (remote sensing) and spatial modeling. And geographers are not afraid to get their boots muddy! Geography has a long-standing field tradition, often involving travel to spectacular locations - some of them in our own backyard.

Geographers use a collaborative and integrated approach to help understand complex 21st century challenges such as climate change, globalization, sustainability, urbanization, and living with hazards. Rewarding careers exist in the private and public sectors, and education.

 

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