Info for Prospective Grad Students

If your research interests are similar to mine, you are interested in working on a thesis (developing a conceptual framework, advancing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing/modeling geospatial data), and you will work to publish your research results in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, I encourage you to contact me.

Here are some things you should know and steps to take before applying to the graduate program at HSU:

  • Contact me via email and/or phone and, if possible, arrange to visit campus and meet in person.
  • Send me an example of your ideas about potential thesis ideas or interests (one or two pages)
  • Send me a copy of your current resume or c.v., including a summary of your research-related experience.
  • Send me one or two examples of your writing in the form of papers or professional reports completed as part your university or work experience.
  • Provide me a preliminary statement of your long-term goals. Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree and how you think this will help you to achieve these goals?

It is important to recognize that my ability to accept new graduate students is limited. While I receive applications from a number of highly qualified individuals each semester, I can accept only a few new graduate students each academic year. If your interests and qualifications are a good match, I may serve as your thesis advisor or be available to participate as member of your thesis committee.

An alternative which is not space limited, is the post-baccalaureate Certificate in Geospatial Sciences. This program is open to all applicants meeting post-baccalaureate level admission requirements. The certificate program includes many of the same courses a graduate student would take but does not require a thesis. Additionally, this can be an excellent means to try out some GIS and Remote Sensing coursework prior to applying to enter the M.S. degree program.

I am also a faculty member with the Masters of Arts in Social Science (MASS) program in Environment and Community. This program has a cohort-based admission process taking in 20-30 students each fall. The program is appropriate for prospective students who have interests in the interactions between the human and natural environments. If desired, E&C students can include an emphasis on geospatial analysis tools as their methods component. I am available to serve as graduate advisor or committee member for these students.

Please visit the Environment and Community website or contact the program director at: for more details.