Geography Graduate Students 2016

Graduate Degrees

On behalf of the faculty in the Department of Geography at Penn State, I want to welcome you to our prospective graduate studies page and thank you for your interest in our program. Should you decide to apply, I am confident that you will find a department committed to student success and to providing you the resources, expertise, and guidance to fulfill your career goals.

Two things distinguish our department:  first is a commitment to excellence in a full range of skills; second, faculty who work closely with students so that you can reach your full intellectual and professional potential. Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to those faculty with whom they might be interested in working to begin a conversation about the possibility of graduate work in the program, before submitting an application.

On this page you will find links to information about the department, applying to the Graduate School, and “Happy Valley,” as the surrounding community of State College is known. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You are welcome to send an email to: or to give us a call at 814-865-3434.

Thank you for considering Penn State, and no matter what you decide to do with your graduate education, we do wish you well.

Sincerely and on behalf of the entire faculty,
Joshua Inwood
Chair, Resident Graduate Admissions for the Department of Geography
Penn State