University of Wisconsin–Madison

Information for Prospective Students

If you are interested in the MS-Geography, MS-Cartography/GIS (Thesis Option), and PhD-Geography degree programs, we recommend that you explore the department website, including faculty and student webpages, to learn more about UW-Madison Geography before you apply. Feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director by email ( or phone (608-262-3861) for additional information. Be sure to tell us about how your interests intersect with ours and ask any questions you may have about the program. You’ll learn the most about program logistics and funding from the Grad Director; you’ll learn the most about academic content from your interactions with faculty and students.

If you’re interested in arranging a visit, contact the Graduate Program Director. We’re happy to meet with you while you’re here, arrange for departmental tours and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to work independently to set up meetings with faculty and students, but are happy to assist in making those arrangements.

Each spring, once admissions and funding decisions are made, the department makes special arrangements for admitted applicants to visit in late March or early April. Ask our Graduate Program Director about these visit opportunities.

Click here to learn more about applying to the graduate program at the UW-Madison Department of Geography.

If you are interested in the GIS Professional Programs, please visit the website, including faculty/staff and student and alumni webpages, to learn more about each of the programs. Please contact the program at for additional information.