Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD GEOG Fall* December 14, 2021
Master’s MA GEOG Fall* December 14, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Sara Smith (
Graduate Coordinator Nell Phillips (
Address Department of Geography
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)
Completed financial certificate
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 History Statement that describes how the applicant would contribute to increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in our program and/or how the applicant’s life experiences equip her/they/him to conduct research with and teach the diverse populations that UNC serves. We are interested in learning about the applicant’s background, identity, experience, or any factors in the applicant’s life that relate to how she/they/he would add to our program’s diversity or how she/they/he would work with diverse groups. 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.