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What Can I Do with a Degree in Geography and Urban Studies?

Almost anything! Our graduates get competitive and meaningful jobs in non-profit, government and business sectors. Recent graduates have gone to work for consulting firms, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, the Peace Corps and firms that specialize in mapping and GIS software. Other graduates have enrolled in graduate programs in geography, planning and law.

Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies graduates have pursued careers in:

  • Environmental Analysis
  • Planning
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Law
  • Sustainability

Recent organizations where our graduates have found employment include

  • US Census Bureau
  • United Nations
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Housing and Urban Development Corporation
  • The City of Philadelphia Technology Division: GIS Group
  • The Reinvestment Fund
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness

Notable Alumni

Many of our distinguished alumni have gone on to great accomplishments. The stories below feature some of our outstanding alumni who have risen to levels of professional acclaim and successes!

Alumni Spotlight

  • Darion Porter
    Research Assistant with the Public Health Management Corporation
    B.A. in Environmental Studies from Temple in 2017

  • Yuan Huang
    Assistant Policy Director for the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Policy
    B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple in 2013

  • Linsey Walsh
    Chemical Review Manager at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC
    B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography and Urban Studies from Temple in 2013

  • Christian Przybylek
    Stewardship Specialist, Lancaster County Conservancy
    M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple in 2016

  • Charlotte Castle
    Vision Zero & Neighborhood Programs Coordinator, City of Philadelphia - Office for Transportation & Infrastructure Systems
    M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple in 2015

  • Colleen Hammelman, PhD
    Postdoctoral fellow in David Heeger’s Computational Neuroimaging Lab at NYU
    PhD in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple in 2016

  • Michael Schwebel, PhD
    Lead Researcher in Ethnographic and Qualitative Studies at LiquidHub
    PhD in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple in 2015

See where some of out additional alumni have landed:

  • Jessica Wyckoff, Philabundance (GUS/ES 2009)
  • Aaron Fraint, Bicycle Planner & GIS Developer, New York City Department of (GUS/ES 2011)
  • Caroline Slama, Associate Director, Preservation Services, Preservation Alliance (GUS, 2016)
  • Mattingly Cohen, Community Outreach Coordinator, Philadelphia Parks Alliance (GUS 2017)
  • Charlotte Neal, GIS specialist at APEX Systems (GUS 2018)

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Almost half of incoming Temple students transfer from other colleges and universities. If you’ve taken 15 or more college-level credits after high school graduation, you can apply for admission as a transfer student. If you’re thinking about transferring, consider attending a Transfer Tuesday general information session.

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June 1: Transfer Deadline for Fall Semester