Thank you for considering Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill for your graduate education. Prospective MA and PhD students in Geography will find information on the application process under How to apply. Please note the following university deadlines for graduate funding and Fall 2019 admission:


  • 11 December 2018: to be eligible for UNC Graduate School recruitment awards for incoming students (to be nominated by the Department);
  • 8 January 2019: final deadline for Fall admission and Departmental funding.


Making contact with possible Faculty mentors is an important step in finding out if our Department is a good fit for you. We also encourage you to browse the interests of our Current Students and the career paths (coming soon) of our recent graduates. If you are interested in a campus visit, we would be delighted to meet you, answer any questions, and arrange a departmental tour. We encourage you to contact faculty members independently but may be able to assist with making those arrangements.


We are always excited to bring outstanding graduate students to Geography at Carolina.  Admission to our program is highly competitive, with a primary focus on students pursuing the PhD who enter the program with or without an MA.  Applicants who are considering applying to the terminal MA program (rather than the MA/PhD program) are encouraged to consider this carefully and discuss with their prospective faculty sponsor(s) prior to submitting their applications.


Further questions can be directed to Dr. Banu Gökarıksel, Director of Graduate Studies, at