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The Graduate Experience at ASU

As a graduate student in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, you’ll learn about various theories in geography and planning and their real-world applications. You’ll study with world-renowned faculty who will challenge you to think differently about how the world works. Then, you’ll apply what you learn to fascinating, game-changing research projects in areas like computational spatial science, climate science, sustainability, social equity, transportation planning, urban design and more. Through your research and employment opportunities, you will start to form new ideas about geography and planning and begin to see the many ways in which you can shape the world.

Plus, you can take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your own skills while having a significant impact on undergraduate students as a teaching assistant. And don’t miss out on the chance to meet interesting new people and expand your horizons through campus organizations and social events. 

The world is yours to shape

Research Areas

We conduct research designed to enhance our understanding of the world. We ask important questions such as: How do humans interact with the Earth? What environmental changes are we causing? How can we design communities that are sustainable? And this is just the beginning.

Fellowships & Funding

As a graduate student, you’ll find a variety of funding sources are available, including grants, loans, scholarships and student employment. Some programs offer stipends while others are specifically for graduate student travel. Whether state, national or international awards, awards specific to ASU or those based within the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, opportunities vary based on your degree program.

Graduate Student Stories

Our MAS-GIS alumni find positions with GIS software leader Esri, with consulting firms, and with government. Graduates of the Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning program go on to positions planning for community development, transportation and sustainability. Read profiles of several alumni here.

Graduate Research

Graduate students in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning conduct research that gets attention. Here are stories of some recent projects, and examples of peer-reviewed publications authored by graduate students.