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Online Non-Thesis Master's Degree

Read about the online MS program.

Read about the requirements for the online MS (MS - project option).

Online Master's of Geography and Geography and Geospatial Science FAQs

To Apply

Due dates for applications for the online M.S. in Geography and Geospatial Science Program:

  • Spring 2024 Term: February 5, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Term: April 1, 2024
  • Winter Term 2025:  October 1, 2024
  • Spring Term 2025:  January 5, 2025

These deadlines apply to all domestic and international applicants. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Application fee waivers are not available at this time.

CEOAS funding support is not available for the online degree program.

You may expect to be notified about admission by these dates:

  • Spring 2024 term: March 5, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Term: May 15, 2024
  • Winter 2025 Term: November 15, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Term: February 15, 2025

Let's Get Started

How to Apply: Transfer Students Start Here: If you are already admitted to a graduate degree or certificate program at OSU, please follow these guidelines for how to apply as a transfer student.

Please review the Oregon State University Graduate School requirements. These are overarching requirements for all Oregon State University graduate degree applications, including online programs.

OSU Graduate Admissions Online Application

The OSU Graduate School coordinates the application process. The guidance below is from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). Questions about mechanical aspects regarding transcript requirements and transmittal, document uploads, and other "parts and process” aspects of the web application need to be sent to OSU Graduate Admissions.

The application parts:

  • Start Code Please see screenshots below.
  • Online application Make sure you choose "Ecampus Distance Education (Online Degrees)" as your Campus.
  • Resume or CV, don’t forget to upload this!
  • Statement of Interest, also called Objectives Statement
  • References: requests are made from within the application. They may be requested before completion and payment of fee. Please request these so they come in time to complete the application by the deadline. You may remind the referrers from within the application, but please be conservative with these reminders.
    • Letters of reference should come from academics and professionals or other people who are capable of evaluating your preparation for the online MS. Letters should address your academic and professional experience, your initiative and leadership, your capacity to overcome challenges, and your contributions to society and to justice.
  • Transcripts: you may upload copies of unofficial transcripts, but they must contain the school’s grading scale. If you are admitted to the Program, official transcripts will be requested for all schools that are mentioned in the application.
  • Uploading a writing sample is appreciated but optional.
  • Test Scores: We do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • TOEFL Test Scores: required for all international applicants. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the OSU Graduate School, OSU code 4586. Please arrange to take the language proficiency test well in advance of the deadline as it may take some time to show within the application for reviewers. Additional information can be found at Graduate Admissions - International Applicants.

The Graduate School offers scholarships, fellowships and loans, some of which may be applicable to the online degree programs at OSU. Information about these opportunities is found on the Graduate School Financing Your Education web page.

CEOAS Application Code Requirement

The code entry field is on the Application Start page; choose “Have a code?” instead of the ‘Graduate Application” option, you should be able to complete the main header screen all the way through the term-start choices.


OSU Graduate Application Technical Questions

Please contact OSU Graduate Admissions

CEOAS Geography and Geospatial Science Program Contact

Julia Jones
Professor, Director, Geography and Geospatial Science program

Cecile Valastro
Graduate Program Assistant