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  1. I attend a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts that does not have a geography department. I'm an Urban Studies major and am attracted to studying Geography after undergraduate because I am fascinated with maps and spatial analysis. I have two questions: 1) Since I am not a geography major and do not have access to many geography courses, am I at a serious disadvantage in getting accepted into a M.A. or Ph.D. program in Geography? 2) What experience would I need in order to be competitive for a M.A. or Ph.D. program in Geography? There is no one with a Ph.D. in Geography at the college that I currently attend. I have talked to my GIS professor (He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences) and he doesn't think that my prospects would be hurt, but he asked me to seek a Ph.D. in Geography for more advice. Here is more background information me: Academics: Overall GPA: 3.6, Urban Studies Major GPA: 3.8 No GRE yet Courses that I have taken that are somewhat similar to Geography: Introduction to GIS Introduction to Human Geography (Online) Can fit an Advanced GIS course into schedule next semester I also worked as a TA for Introduction to GIS, received outstanding feedback from students, ENVS professors willing to write recs for me based on the good feedback I have taken intro classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus as well (not sure if it will be helpful). My grades were in the B range for all of them. Advanced in French, Intermediate in German Other honors: Udall Scholarship recipient Professional Experience (Not sure if it helps): Internship with city development services office, occasionally developing maps for planners, but mostly administrative stuff and grant writing Mini-projects doing online mapping stuff on Google Maps-like platforms for people (not really intensive) - had a poster on a local planning (really small-scale) conference Part-time as a computer technician at college. I will apply to start graduate school for the Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 semester.
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