Department of Geography Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Geography Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Binghamton University, State University of New York

Vestal, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
May 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Graduate program in geography helps students navigate many career options

Binghamton University's Department of Geography offers graduate study for students interested in a variety of potential fields. A quick survey of recent graduates reveals a diversity of occupations and careers, including analysis and planning positions for cities, businesses, and national organizations. Binghamton is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, often singled out for uniting quality and affordability.

The Master of Arts for the Department of Geography degree program requires a minimum of 40 credits, and typically can be completed in two years of full-time study. It culminates in a final project or thesis. An undergraduate specialization in geography is not a requisite for admission, so students from other backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Four tracks are available for students of the MA degree program:

1) general geography

2) cartography and geographical information systems

3) environmental and resource management

4) urban planning and applied geography

(Binghamton University also offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in watershed studies and management. The program combines courses in geography, geology, and biology to develop multidisciplinary knowledge of the scientific and anthropogenic factors affecting watersheds.)

The Department of Geography consists of 11 distinguished faculty members, and about 30 graduate students. Research and applied knowledge are held as cornerstones of the curriculum, preparing students for higher academia or for success in the field.

Work with experienced faculty members whose interests span the discipline

To provide a cross-section of the work by Binghamton faculty members, consider professors John W. Frazier, Florence Margai, and Eugene Tettey-Fio.

Professor John W. Frazier uses the urban populations around Binghamton for his teaching of applied geography. The city has commissioned him to chart important data, including the impact of students on the local area. He also studies crime distribution statistics, aging futures, and race/immigration issues in many areas.

Professor Florence Margai has authored or co-authored 3 books and over 30 articles. Her research pertains to mapping environmental hazards and health outcomes among vulnerable communities, including women, the elderly, and children. Previously she has worked with groups in the US and Africa to assist efforts toward malaria intervention and ongoing threats such as pediatric lead poisoning.

Eugene Tettey-Fio is assistant professor and director of graduate studies for the department. His specializations include race and ethnicity, retail geography, site analysis, and GIS theory. He and other Binghamton professors have collaborated on several projects concerning Latino populations in the United States, and various issues of class and economic status in these communities.

Practical applications at home and abroad

Geography graduates of Binghamton University have found jobs locally, nationally, and internationally. They perform valuable work in transportation, census offices, city planning, military cartography, business research, environmental planning, and more. Small class sizes ensure that students are able to get advice from professors, and plan a curriculum that suits their intended goals. The Fleischman Center for Career and Professional Development and the Department of Geography both compile listings of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, in order to help with placements after graduation.

Location & Contact

Department of Geography

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Binghamton University, State University of New York

4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
United States

Dr. Norah Henry


Phone: 607-777-2755

Ms. Kishan Zuber

Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-2151
Fax: 607-777-2501

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Geography Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 10
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 26
    • Accepted 26
    • Acceptance Rate 100
    • Enrolled 12
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 15th May 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students34
    • Female Percentage41%
    • Male Percentage59%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students34
    • Part-time Percentage32%
    • Full-time Percentage68%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino13%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native4%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races9%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty13
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%




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