Cartography is commonly found within geography degree programs, so students might want to consider widening their search from a strictly cartographic standpoint to include more general geography programs. Other permissible majors include surveying, engineering and forestry.
Schools with the Largest Overall Student Enrollment
The following 4-year schools offer degree programs in the field:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,176 (In-state) $28,768 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,415 (In-state) $29,665 (Out-of-state)|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,158 (In-state) $25,458 (Out-of-state)|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,037 (In-state) $27,365 (Out-of-state)|
|Texas State University-San Marcos||San Marcos, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$9,348 (In-state) $20,268 (Out-of-state)|
|Portland State University||Portland, OR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,034 (In-state) $24,009 (Out-of-state)|
|Indiana University-Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,388 (In-state) $33,741 (Out-of-state)|
|Brigham Young University||Provo, UT||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$5,150|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, OK||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,090 (In-state) $23,476 (Out-of-state)|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in studying cartography might be interested in the following considerations when choosing a school or college:
- Students should look for programs that include the study of maps, since the field requires cartographers to interpret geographical map data. These studies include the principles of map design, interpretation of geographic imagery and computer mapping.
- Look for a school that engages students with mapping software and how to use it.
- Find a program that familiarizes students with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and other graphics software through design courses or other means.
- It is imperative that a school have top-of-the-line computer labs and technology facilities.
Students can find degree programs in cartography or related fields at public and private institutions in the United States. One of the main things students should consider when selecting a program is the mapping software and training that the program provides.