Friday, February 12, 2010

Graduate study at CSU Long Beach

We recently received this announcement. Graduate study far from home is difficult for many New Englanders to contemplate, but it can be quite rewarding, especially for geographers! CSU-LB has an outstanding reputation, so we encourage our majors to consider it.

The Department of Geography at California State University, Long Beach, is accepting Fall 2010 applications for its master's degree program. We have a very strong program in urban GIScience, including GIS, remote sensing, cartography and geovisualzation, GPS applications, and statistics, applied to urban land use planning, the visualization of urban growth, and emergency management. Our traditional strength in this area has been augmented by two new faculty appointments: Dr. Jacqueline Mills, with expertise in GIS applications in emergency management and planning, and Dr. Hyowon Ban, with expertise in geovisualization and cartography, programming, and urban planning applications. Drs. Mills and Ban join a faculty with complementary strengths in urban cultural and historical geography (Drs. James R. Curtis and Dmitrii Sidorov), social geography (Drs. Vincent Del Casino and Christine L. Jocoy), and urban hydrology and water resource management (Drs. Suzanne Wechsler and Suzanne Dallman).

Graduate study at CSULB is affordable. Graduate students taking 6 or fewer pay $1,612 per semester and those taking more than 6 pay $2,653. In addition, out-of-State students pay a $372 per unit surcharge, but the campus has waivers available on a competitive basis and Geography graduate students have secured several of these. We also have a few graduate student assistantships for work in our two computer labs. New graduate students who are familiar with our software (e.g., ArcGIS, ERDAS, IDRISI, SPSS, and spreadsheets) and can assist students in classes using these are eligible for these positions. In addition, we have an extensive internship program, and most of these are paid. Applicants who are interested in these assistantships and internships should contact Dr. Suzanne Wechsler for more information on qualifications and application processes. There are also some research assistantships associated with faculty grant activity.

Geography @ The Beach has an active graduate student culture, and there is a lot of interaction with faculty (including a monthly reading group). Our students have done very well in conference presentations, post-graduate employment or doctoral studies, and in winning awards for outstanding theses (see

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