Geography majors receive a liberal arts education that is an appropriate base for further specialized training in academic disciplines which address environmental and international issues or in related professional fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management. Students are also offered courses in which they learn specific technical skills in spatial data analysis, cartographic design, remote sensing, and geographic information systems that are suitable for direct entry employment positions.
Rutgers University is home to the largest and most comprehensive geography graduate program in the New York-Philadelphia region and one of the strongest research programs in the country. The Graduate Program in Geography encourages work on a wide range of research specialties and fosters strong interdisciplinary ties. The program offers the following degree options: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).