MAs in Geographic Sciences

Compare 3 Master of Art Programs 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

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 Degrees in Geographic Sciences. 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. Admissions Requirements To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee Résumé or curriculum vitae Two letters of recommendation Official GRE scores International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores) This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements. Class Profile Total Enrollment: 33 International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 50% Deadlines Fall: January 15 (Funding) / May 15 Spring: October 15 (Funding) / January 15 [-]

MA Landscape and Culture

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

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 Landscape and Culture 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 39th worldwide for geography according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 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 modules we offer, not a definitive list. Careers Graduates from this programme have gone on to fully-funded postgraduate research and successful academic careers. Others now work in the creative industries while many have secured jobs in the public and voluntary sectors. A postgraduate qualification from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training. Average starting salary and career progression In 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* * Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Career prospects and employability The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops. [-]

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 & Planning and Social Sciences in the University more broadly. These modules would provide training in the design, collection and analysis of research data, together with training in the philosophical and theoretical basis of research. 60 Credits of the degree will take the form of a supervised dissertation, conducted independently by the student (with support from a relevant member of staff) on a topic of their choice. Key Facts Student body We have over 90 PGR students Small class sizes You’ll be well supported as you make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study. Why Geography? We’ve exceptional academic staff with expertise in a range of areas: Geographies of Population and the Lifecourse Globalisation, Development and Place Advanced Environmental Analytical Techniques The study of Environmental and Climate Change. Fees Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation. Tuition fees (Home/EU) The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students will be as follows: Fee for this course: £5,300 International students International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University. International fee for this course: £13,000 Financial Support Postgraduate Student Awards A range of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available for those undertaking postgraduate study at the University. International Students The University of Liverpool administers and participates in many scholarship schemes for international students. The majority of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than hardship and students must normally hold an offer of a place on a course before they can apply. [-]