Master of Art Programs in Geographic Sciences

Compare 9 Masters of Arts in Geographic Sciences

Geographic Sciences

After graduating from a bachelor’s or other undergraduate program, students can choose to continue their education with a master's program. If they choose to do so, they will usually develop skills and knowledge that is directly related to the career they may pursue upon graduation.

What is an MA in Geographic Sciences, and how is it unique? Essentially, geographic studies involve creating images of the surface of the earth. This includes cartography, mapping, satellite imagery, and others. Even though this degree is relatively new, the practices in this field date back to ancient times. The development of modern technology has kept geographic sciences innovative, so there is still a lot of work to be done. In addition to the geography, students commonly study natural sciences and can take part in field experiments.

Graduates benefit from the high demand of professionals in geography. They can have the opportunity to enter an exciting field as developments are made and technologies increase. Students even have the chance to play a part in forming the future of this field. 

Like any master's program, the costs associated with this one vary quite a bit. Different schools will have different expenses based on their programs, the country they are in, and how long study lasts. Before making a commitment, take a look at all your options so you can make the right choice.

There are many career opportunities around the world in geographic sciences. Professionals in mapping and cartography are needed no matter where you are studying. It is possible to find work in the public or private sector with government or independent organizations. Jobs include computer mapping, decoding satellite imagery, or creating spatial information on a local or global scale. Many careers require travelling, but it is also common to find work in a single location.

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MA in Geography and Environmental Studies

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 USA Chicago Grayslake + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography. [+]

MA Degrees in Geographic Sciences. The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography. Graduate students develop an area of proficiency within the broad scope of environmental policy, planning, and management or within the geographic realm of spatial analysis. The program is both theoretical and practical; students gain knowledge, conceptual skills, and technical skills..The program provides a solid basis for a career, a career shift, career enhancement, or preparation for post-graduate studies. Students are expected to: acquire knowledge about human-environmental relations in which the environment is considered as both space and milieu; acquire knowledge of rapidly changing landscapes, synthesizing diverse but interrelated information; acquire knowledge related to locational studies concerning geometrics of movement, size, shape, and distance; acquire knowledge related to environmental resources including interpretation, planning, development, use, and conservation; acquire knowledge related to socio-economic development; use computer cartography and geographic information systems to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and project spatial data; refine skills related to map interpretation, composition, types, and preparation, and in interpretation of aerial photographs, field observation, and satellite imagery; refine skills in collection and analysis of statistical data; develop skills related to computerized data processing; refine computational and oral as well as written communication and research skills.... [-]

Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management (MANRAM)

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 15 months September 2017 Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

The programme cover resource and environmental assessment, planning and management to a wide range of students with different backgrounds in social or natural sciences related to Geography. The goal is to meet the acute need for high level manpower in developing countries like Tanzania in resource and environmental assessment, planning and management for sustainable development. [+]

The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management MA (NRAM) degree conducted though blended mode. The programme cover resource and environmental assessment, planning and management to a wide range of students with different backgrounds in social or natural sciences related to Geography. The goal is to meet the acute need for high level manpower in developing countries like Tanzania in resource and environmental assessment, planning and management for sustainable development. Objectives of the programme The main objective of the MA (NRAM) Programme is to equip professionals with innovative knowledge, skills and values in integrated natural resource assessment and management in order to enhance understanding of current natural resource management and environmental issues. It is intended to mainstream environmental and natural resource issues in development planning and poverty reduction. It provides training on how to link global, national and local concerns, poverty issues, and natural resource management. Eligibility for Admission The applicant with Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Education with Geography as one of the courses covered with at least a lower second class honours or its equivalent. Candidates who hold unclassified degrees should have a credit or, a distinction in the subject of the intended Master's Degree. Candidates with a Pass Degree will also be considered for admission, if their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade average or above. Duration MA (NRAM) by coursework shall be completed in a minimum period of 18 months Programme Structure... [-]

M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism

University of Passau
Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Passau

This accredited master's programme in Geography allows you to combine regional science and tourism research and specialise in one of seven cultural world regions while learning the corresponding foreign language. This subject combination is unique in Germany. [+]

MA Degrees in Geographic Sciences. About the programme This accredited master's programme in Geography allows you to combine regional science and tourism research and specialise in one of seven cultural world regions while learning the corresponding foreign language. This subject combination is unique in Germany. The programme features compulsory modules in business, economics and cultural studies, based on the University's tremendously successful International Cultural and Business Studies (ICBS) programme. While studying this programme, you will develop the skill set required to tackle complex issues in regional development and tourism using integrative and interdisciplinary approaches. In-depth regional knowledge and extensive intercultural competence round off the profile of this hands-on programme of study. Features A combination of subjects that is unique in Germany Core subjects: cultural and environmental geography; regional science and tourism; management and marketing; and interdisciplinary regional and tourism analysis Specialise in a world region of your choice and learn the corresponding language Make your own research projects part of the programme, focusing on regional studies and tourism Programme syllabus The programme consists of three module groups: A) Core modules The core modules give you an overview of the principle topics and problems of the relevant geographic subjects (cultural and environmental geography, regional studies and tourism) in regional contexts, as well as management and marketing. During the ‘Vor Ort’ excursion at the beginning of the programme you will have an opportunity to discuss fundamental questions of tourism and regional development with other students, lecturers and guest speakers. You will complete... [-]

MA in Archaeology (research)

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2017 Netherlands Groningen Leeuwarden + 1 more

One of the aims of the Research Master's programme in Archaeology is to develop an awareness of the academic responsibilities towards our cultural heritage; the programme gives you the tools to deal with these responsibilities in a proper way and translate them into research and exhibitions. [+]

Are you research-minded and interested in archaeology? Would you like to specialize in a field of archaeology, supervised by excellent researchers? Then this is the programme for you. One of the aims of the Research Master's programme in Archaeology is to develop an awareness of the academic responsibilities towards our cultural heritage; the programme gives you the tools to deal with these responsibilities in a proper way and translate them into research and exhibitions. This Master's degree offers a two-year programme in the theory and methodology of archaeology. Part of the programme is compulsory for all students, but of course you will also chose a specialization within a field of archaeology: Pre- en Protohistory of Northwestern Europe Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology Arctic Studies Bio-archaeology Maritime Archaeology In the first year, you will attend four elective research seminars that focus your specialization, one compulsory seminar about the interpretations of and approaches to landscape and several courses or seminars from one of the national research schools. In the second year, you will spend time researching a subject in the area of your field of interest. You will finish the programme by writing a thesis. Programme options Archaeology (track) The track in Archaeology offers a number of profiles in NW-European Pre- and Protohistory, Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, or Arctic Studies. The track in Archaeology offers profiles in NW-European Pre- and Protohistory, Classical and Mediterranean archaeology, Ecological archaeology and Arctic Studies.In each profile archaeological theory and practice is combined with in-depth courses on, for... [-]

Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies

University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Saint Petersburg

The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes. Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, and Anthropology. [+]

MA Degrees in Geographic Sciences. For everyone who lives, works, or studies in Florida, the best way to understand our state and the issues we face is to put them in the context of our history and distinctive regional culture. The Florida Studies Program brings together faculty from history, economics, geography, political science, anthropology, and other disciplines to create an integrated, in-depth exploration of our state’s changing identity as a part of the American South as well as a bridge to the Caribbean Basin. From environmental policy and resource management to political challenges and immigration reform, Florida presents distinctive issues that merit close attention. Students from any discipline can benefit from Florida Studies courses as they prepare for careers ranging from urban planning to social work, from historic preservation to international business. For anyone who is interested in how our state fits into matters of regional and global significance, this program presents the ideal opportunity to use the State of Florida as a teaching and research laboratory. Students admitted to the program take graduate classes toward pursuit of a Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies. Limited graduate assistantships are available to both new and continuing students. Program Description The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes. Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, and Anthropology. Students will work closely with the program faculty who will approve... [-]

MA in Geography

Binghamton University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Binghamton

The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large. [+]

MA in Geography The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large. Students can pursue one of five tracks: General geography Cartography and geographical information systems (GIS) Environmental and resource management Urban planning and applied geography Race and ethnicity A bachelor's degree in geography is not required for admission to the graduate program, but students without a geography background may be required to take additional courses for completion of the MA. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in watershed studies and management is available, as well as an accelerated BA + MA track. Degrees Offered MA in Geography Professional Development Students are trained to pursue a doctoral degree and enter careers in the industry. The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in: Resource management and sustainability Water resources Flooding and watershed impacts Environmental hazard assessment Race and ethnicity Population health GIS Urban and retail planning The curriculum is diverse and highly flexible. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies for a broadened academic perspective, as well as additional practical training in areas such as conservation, environmental management, economic development and international studies. After You Graduate Many graduates of the program continue to work toward a PhD, while others enter industry. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in regional or urban planning with government agencies or private industries.... [-]

MA Landscape and Culture

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This course is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world. [+]

MA Degrees in Geographic Sciences. MA Landscape and Culture This course is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world. On the MA Landscape and Culture you will explore key themes in cultural and historical geography, providing connections in theory and practice with disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences. The programme is recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing training appropriate for PhD research. Key facts 75% of our research output was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) We were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessment of teaching provision We are ranked in the top 50 worldwide for geography according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 Course details This course requires you to complete 120 credits of core and optional modules before undertaking a supervised dissertation. Modules Core Approaches to Landscape Critical Human Geography Dissertation: Landscape and Culture Research Design B Optional You must select 30 credits of optional modules (to total 180), either provided by the School of Geography, or in other schools across the University. The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical... [-]

MA Global Migration and Policy

Tel Aviv University
Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2017 Israel Tel Aviv

The M.A. in Global Migration and Policy is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. [+]

About The M.A. in Global Migration and Policy is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activist experience. Students are first exposed to the main theoretical perspectives and subsequently to the professionally-oriented principles of migration. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, topics covered in the courses include immigration and citizenship policies; legal and ethical perspectives on refuge and asylum; the labor market integration of immigrants; the challenges of social integration and ethnic identification of the “second generation”; marginalization and discrimination; migration and the environment; and best practices in international development and humanitarian aid, among other subjects. Students gain hands-on experience through fieldwork and are able to specialize in areas of migration according to their personal preferences. The program is structured so that students can obtain an M.A. degree (via a study track with a thesis or a study track without a thesis) within 2 years. Students in the program can participate in a semester abroad in one of the several exchange programs at universities affiliated with TAU. Further information is available on the program website. Career Success A master’s degree in Global Migration and Policy prepares graduates for careers in sectors ranging from government, public policy, diplomacy, non-governmental and grassroots organizations, journalism, to... [-]

MA Contemporary Human Geography (Research Methods)

University of Liverpool
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Liverpool + 1 more

This programme will provide advanced training in geographical thought and analysis. Students will choose either of two 'pathways' - "Social/Cultural Geography" and "Population Studies". [+]

MA Degrees in Geographic Sciences. MA Contemporary Human Geography (Research Methods) This programme will provide advanced training in geographical thought and analysis. Students will choose either of two 'pathways' - "Social/Cultural Geography" and "Population Studies". These are based in the areas of research expertise of the Human Geography staff within the Department of Geography & Planning. One third of the course (60 credits) will provide specific training based upon the pathway chosen. A further 60 credits will deliver generic research skills training required in order for ESRC Research Training Accreditation. This is delivered in combination with Planning staff in the Department, but also in combination with students studying in Sociology. Finally, students will also undertake a 60 credit dissertation. This piece of independent research will allow students to develop the skills developed during the taught components of the research and to focus on a topic of interest to them. Students will undertake 60 credits of taught work relevant to their chosen pathway. In Social/Cultural Geography, this would involve key areas/concepts of interest to contemporary human geography and related to staff expertise. An indicative list would involve issues such as identity, political activism and resistance, experiences of migration and diaspora, alternative economic practices, and health and the life course. In Population Geography, a similar list could include demographic theory, household-level analysis of population trends, analysing social segregation, and critically interpreting migration statistics. 60 Credits of research training will be structured across 4 15-credit modules shared between the Department of Geography &... [-]