Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD GEOG Fall* December 12, 2023
Master’s MA GEOG Fall* December 12, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Clark Gray (
Graduate Coordinator Nell Phillips (
Address Department of Geography and Environment
CB# 3220
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-8902
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

  1. Statement of Purpose that explains the applicant’s professional goals, research interests and why they are important, preparation for proposed research, personal accomplishments that demonstrate the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate studies, and why the applicant is interested in the program and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  2. Select up to 3 Areas of Interest (using the Areas of Interest/Specialization drop-down box within your application)
  3. Personal Experiences Statement that describes how the applicant’s skills and lived experiences equip them to conduct research relevant to the field of geography and/or contribute to a positive learning environment through instruction for undergraduate students. This statement should be no more than 1-single spaced page.
  4. Optional: Sample of Writing or Academic Work (no more than 10-15 pages) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write clearly, to conduct original research, and to set forth a critical interpretation or argument. The applicant may also submit additional materials, such as writing or sample work that is based on relevant professional activities.

*Only in unusual circumstances, and after consultation with department, is Spring admission considered.