Cartography Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Cartographers make geographical maps using photographs and surveys of the earth's surface. Many schools across the United States offer studies in cartography. Some schools' combine cartography with their geography program.

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.


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