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Welcome to the Graduate School of Geography

With its highly ranked graduate and undergraduate programs, Clark University is one of the best places in the world to study geography. Students have the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally known faculty to examine why certain places are different, how those differences shape the way we live, and how we, in turn, shape our environment.

Space, Place, and Environment

Our scholars contribute path-breaking research and pedagogy focusing on four areas: earth system science; human-environment/nature-society geography; geographic information science and remote sensing; and urban-economic geography.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduates may major or minor in geography, global environmental studies, or environmental science/earth system science. All three programs allow students the opportunity to work closely with faculty and graduate students (both master’s and doctoral) on projects.

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Master’s Programs

We offer an M.S. in geographic information science (GIS) in collaboration with the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment. Qualified Clark undergraduates may apply to our Accelerated B.A./Master’s of Science in GIS program.

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Ph.D. Program

Clark’s doctoral program in geography not only is top-ranked in the nation by the National Research Council but also is internationally renowned. Our graduates have found overwhelming success in securing academic and nonacademic positions throughout the world.

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Interested in Geography? Where will Clark take you?

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Research

Clark’s Graduate School of Geography has a long history of significant and influential research; five geography faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and four to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty and students continue in this tradition, with inquiry that benefits communities, environments, and the world.

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Careers and Internships in Geography

Our doctoral students land positions in colleges and universities, government, and nongovernmental organizations around the world. Our undergraduate and master’s students benefit from our internship and career opportunities and active alumni networks.

Atwood Lecture Series


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Matthew Hansen: Monitoring Global Land Change using Earth Observation Data

From deforestation to urbanization, the human footprint on the land surface is ever expanding, converting natural land covers into land uses or intensifying current land uses.  Land use change results in loss of biodiversity, increased greenhouse gas emissions, alteration of hydrological systems, among other impacts.  Rates of land use change can be quantified using time-series earth observation data from satellites.  Learn more…

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Contact Information

Graduate School of Geography

Office Location
  • Jefferson Academic Center, Room 220
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7336
  • 1-508-793-8881 fax
  • geography[at]clarku[dot]edu