Graduate programs in GIScience @ TxState Geography

The Department of Geography at Texas State University (<>) is seeking highly motivated Master’s and Doctoral degree seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Texas State is an emerging research institution and the Department of Geography possesses a vibrant, diverse, and growing faculty with specialties broadly encompassing geospatial technologies, human-environment interactions, environmental change, water resources research, and geographic education. The department has on-campus affiliations with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education, as well as a history of federally-funded research involving agencies such as NASA, NSF, and EPA.

In particular, the department is seeking Geographic Information Science students with interest and experience in geospatial technologies (e.g. geospatial data mining/analytics, remote sensing, geovisualization, geocomputation) and associated applications (e.g. health, land use/land cover change).  The GIScience core faculty include the following members:

  • Chow: geocomputation, hazards, environmental modeling, human dynamics
  • Currit: remote sensing, land cover change, human-environment systems
  • Giordano: spatial humanities, geographies of the Holocaust and genocide, historical GIS, spatial forensic anthropology
  • Jensen: remote sensing, vegetation mapping and monitoring; habitat modeling; landscape ecology; natural resource management; land cover–land use change; lidar
  • Lu: urban & regional studies, crime, health, China & East Asia
  • Savelyev: geovisualization, geovisual analytics, cartography
  • Yuan: big geo-data, spatio-temporal data mining, human mobility modeling & travel behavior analysis
  • Zhan: health/medical geography, GIScience, spatial data science, transportation, hazards reduction, China


Funding opportunities exist for Graduate Assistantships at the Doctoral ($27,820 over 9 months, renewable up to a maximum of 4 years) and Master’s ($14,500 over 9 months) levels.  The Graduate Assistantships are offered at the discretion of Graduate Committee upon the admission review. These assistantships come with a waiver of out-of-state tuition for fall and spring semesters each year, and also receive university student health benefits.  The Department of Geography provides travel support for graduate students to present research papers at national, international, and regional conferences. Additional potential sources of funding, such as full tuition waivers for Year One of a student’s program, and doctoral and master’s research fellowships, are competitively available through the Graduate College.


Applications for full funding considerations are due by January 15, 2020.  More details regarding the application process may be found>.  Questions regarding the application and its process may be directed to the Department of Geography Graduate Staff Advisor, Allison Glass-Smith (