California State University , Long Beach - Geography

Why you should consider this program

Coverdell Fellows at CSULB have the opportunity to earn a Masters degree in Geography, which encompasses 4 core areas of specialization: Human Geography, Geospatial Technologies and Methods, Environmental and Physical Geography, and Global Studies.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 16,464 $ 5,913 $ 10,551
Out of state $ 30,720 $ 20,169 $ 10,551
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

  • Out-of-state tuition waiver for students not currently living in the state of California.
  • Student assistantship for the first full year (up to $5,913) with the possibility of a second year. 
  • Waiver of 3-6 units of degree requirements based on the Volunteer's past experience and academic degree.
  • More information regarding graduate student cost can be found on our website, CLICK HERE

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

  • Fellows are given priority for TA-ships of their choice
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about special projects also available for Coverdell Fellows

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 26,804

Application fee waived?



Our Coverdell Fellows undertake service internships benefiting under-served American communities. Fellows will spend 6-10 hours per week in their internship during their first semester of study and will develop their internship experience into a 3-6 unit Project or Thesis to be completed during the third or fourth semester of study. These internships will take place in organizations with missions ranging from environmental remediation and justice to GIS mapping to urban sustainability.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

  1. A statement of purpose, which addresses your intention to serve as a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow.
  2. A paper, report, or mapping project that you feel best showcases your interests, abilities, and potential.
  3. A signed copy of the confidentiality election form.
  4. Three confidential letters of reference. Guidelines are available on our website.
  5. A copy of your Description of Service (DOS) from the Peace Corps.
  6. A set of official transcripts covering your bachelor's degree and any postbaccalaureate work.
  7. GRE scores, no more than five years old.

Admissions process

A statement of purpose, which addresses your intention to serve as a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Numerous graduate courses are offered in the evenings. Students may enroll part time.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Paul Laris, Chair of Geography

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Geography Department PH1-210
Long Beach, CA 90840