MScs in Geographic Sciences

Compare 72 MSc Programs in Geographic Sciences

Geographic Sciences

A Master of Science degree is the first step on the road to postgraduate work in fields related to science, engineering, and medicine. This degree is usually achieved after the student gets his or her bachelor’s or other undergraduate degree, and it allows them to pursue a more specialized area of study within their chosen field. Many top organizations and an increasing number of mid-tier ones require potential employees to have master’s degrees or higher to be considered for many jobs.

Those looking to answer the question what is an MSc in Geographic Sciences must first understand the history of this relatively new field. Geographic sciences are those related to mapping, cartography, and other techniques related to painting a picture of the earth’s surface. The first Master in Geographic Sciences degree was offered by the University of Edinburgh beginning in 1985, but dozens of institutes all around the world now offer similar programs.

Getting a Masters in Geographic Sciences puts students at the forefront of an exciting developing field. There is currently a high demand for workers with experience in computer mapping, translating satellite imagery, creating spacial databases, and other skills related to the geographic sciences.

The cost of getting a Masters in Geographic Sciences varies between institutions. Most degree tracks require two years of full-time study, but some European universities offer the degree in one year. Tuition costs by semester change accordingly.

There is a high demand for skilled workers in the geographic sciences worldwide. Graduates can work in the private or public sector, lending their skills to the government, various institutes of learning, or private companies. Some jobs require travel and field work, while others can be done primarily from a single office.

 

Getting an MSc in Geographic Sciences online is an excellent choice for students who need to study around a busy schedule or who have difficulty getting to the classroom. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master in Subsurface Geoscience

Rice University | Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 USA Houston + 1 more

This degree is designed for students who wish to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to finding and developing reserves of oil and natural gas. Students can specialize in two focus areas: geology and geophysics. The geology focus area prepares students to be explorationists, with strong skills in using seismic and other geophysical methods along with geological principles to find oil and natural gas. The geophysics focus area prepares students to become technical experts in aspects of exploration seismology. [+]

"Students in the Professional Master’s Program benefit from Rice’s highly recognized academic resources enhanced with professional components that together foster the development of essential science, communication, and management skills. The (Subsurface Geoscience) track creates a rare breed of well-prepared professionals possessing the wide range of abilities necessary to devise innovative and pragmatic approaches to tackle difficult industry problems."Students in the Professional Master’s Program benefit from Rice’s highly recognized academic resources enhanced with professional components that together foster the development of essential science, communication, and management skills. The (Subsurface Geoscience) track creates a rare breed of well-prepared professionals possessing the wide range of abilities necessary to devise innovative and pragmatic approaches to tackle difficult industry problems."... [-]


MS in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign

Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months August 2019 USA Philadelphia + 1 more

Geodesign goes beyond a traditional understanding of geography, therefore demanding a multidimensional view of the environment, including population changes, our consumption, and demand of resources, existing natural and manmade systems, climate changes and other factors. By integrating the principles of design and this expanded geographic perspective, Geodesign professionals develop solutions to our environmental crises as they affect our urban populations and the future of our planet. The MS in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign is a 36-credit post-professional degree open to those interested in GIS and/or the allied design disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and engineering. Classes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and are held in the evenings and Saturdays in order to meet the needs of our professional students. [+]

Geodesign goes beyond a traditional understanding of geography, therefore demanding a multidimensional view of the environment, including population changes, our consumption, and demand of resources, existing natural and manmade systems, climate changes and other factors. By integrating the principles of design and this expanded geographic perspective, Geodesign professionals develop solutions to our environmental crises as they affect our urban populations and the future of our planet.

The MS in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign is a 36-credit post-professional degree open to those interested in GIS and/or the allied design disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and engineering. Classes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and are held in the evenings and Saturdays in order to meet the needs of our professional students.... [-]


Online M.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Elmhurst College
Online Part time 24 - 36 months February 2019 USA Elmhurst

The M.S. in geographic information systems from Elmhurst College will give you in-depth knowledge of the geospatial field and introduce you to spatial thinking and geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool used in a variety of applications in the industry. [+]

Map Out Your Future With an Online Masters in GIS!

Geospatial technologies affect almost every aspect of life, from navigating an unfamiliar neighborhood to tracking patterns of diseases in populations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geospatial technologies is one of the three high-growth industries of the 21st century. That translates into big opportunity—and with an Elmhurst M.S. in GIS, you’ll be well-prepared to meet it.

Elmhurst has something most colleges don’t—a dedicated GIS server and access to professional Esri GIS software. So you’ll get something most students won’t: high-end processing power from a regular computer.

Curriculum

The master of science in geographic information systems at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 10 courses for a total of 7.50 credits (30 semester hours). The program also fulfills the educational requirements of the GISP (certified GIS professional). The curriculum will develop geospatial skill sets in correlation with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (Geo Tech Center). AGS 500 may be waived, per the program director's discretion, for the following students:... [-]


Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological, and Geophysical Engineering

University of Arizona
Online Campus Part time 18 - 24 months September 2019 USA Tucson + 1 more

The Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological, and Geophysical Engineering is one of the only online programs of its kind, examining fundamental concepts supported by groundbreaking research in the field. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of core technical principles while also pursuing coursework in finance and management, legal issues, and other administrative concerns specific to the emphasis area that is chosen. Armed with this focused skill-set, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue mining and geological engineering roles and other enhanced opportunities in the field. This program is available both campus and online. [+]

This program is available both campus and online.

The Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological, and Geophysical Engineering is one of the only programs of its kind, examining fundamental concepts supported by groundbreaking research in the field. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of core technical principles while also pursuing coursework in finance and management, legal issues, and other administrative concerns specific to the emphasis area that is chosen. Armed with this focused skill-set, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue mining and geological engineering roles and other enhanced opportunities in the field.

The program is comprised of an entirely flexible curriculum, allowing you to choose from a number of emphasis areas, including (but not limited to):... [-]


EMerald: Master in Resources Engineering (Innovative Education in Geometallurgy and Circular Economy)

EIT RawMaterials Academy EMerald
Campus 2 years Belgium Liège France Metz Sweden Luleå Germany Freiberg + 4 more

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage. The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). [+]

Awarded the EIT Label in 2016

The Challenge

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage.

The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). Therefore, the Master course will focus on two aspects:... [-]


MSc in Petroleum Geoscience

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Campus Full time 18 months January 2019 Malaysia Ipoh

Petroleum Geoscience is an interdiciplinary field that applies geoscience principles and quantitative methods in the search and development of commercial oil and gas fields. It includes interpreting, predicting and managing risks and uncertainties in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources. At Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, the MSc Petroleum Geoscience Program is tailored to train young graduates and professionals from the industry in the full range of approaches, methods, and techniques to explore and evaluate new oil and gas fields and to characterize reservoirs. [+]

Petroleum Geoscience is an interdiciplinary field that applies geoscience principles and quantitative methods in the search and development of commercial oil and gas fields. It includes interpreting, predicting and managing risks and uncertainties in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources. At Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, the MSc Petroleum Geoscience Program is tailored to train young graduates and professionals from the industry in the full range of approaches, methods and techniques to explore and evaluate new oil and gas fields and to characterise reservoirs

The Program is designed to meet the capability requirements for

Exploration Geoscience Reservoir Geoscience Upstream Economics and E & P Business Demands ... [-]

MSc in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Austria Graz

The engineering sciences master’s program Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering lasts four semesters and consists of one stage of the study. It goes into the knowledge acquired in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management bachelor’s program (6 semesters) in more depth. The entire master’s degree program comprises 120 ECTS credits. [+]

The only degree program of its kind in Central Europe: In the English language master's program Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering at TU Graz, you profit from a combination of two disciplines - geotechnical engineering and hydraulic engineering. You learn in a practical manner, participating in practice sessions in the laboratory and on-site, and taking part in field trips. For example, you pilot hydraulic projects in Austria’s largest water laboratory.

Content

Students acquire a solid knowledge of geology, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, rock mechanics, tunneling, hydraulics and structural hydraulic engineering.

Core areas Students design, assess, monitor and create foundations, supporting structures, natural and artificial scarps and slopes, tunnels and underground structures, dams and hydropower plants They quantify soil, rock, and hydraulic qualities. They focus on the material behavior of geomaterials. They learn about catastrophe management and how to deal with natural hazards. ... [-]

MSc in Environmental Geography

University of Bayreuth
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Bayreuth

Environmental changes at any scale, from global to local, are of crucial importance to life on planet Earth. In addition to climate change, the major contemporary challenges include changes in biodiversity, soil degradation, and increases in mass movements. [+]

Understanding the interactions between environment and society in space and time

Environmental Geography addresses contemporary environmental challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective.

You are looking for an M.Sc. program that combines an in-depth education in natural sciences with contextualization from social sciences to address major contemporary challenges of environmental change? You seek for an international place of study with excellent training facilities and a strong focus on research-led teaching? You want a practice-oriented M.Sc. program that provides you with knowledge and skills to build your personal career in the environmental sector?

Then come join us at the University of Bayreuth and apply here!... [-]


MSc in Petroleum Geoscience

Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2019 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi + 1 more

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics and will be the leading university center of petroleum geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East. [+]

About

SCHOLARSHIP

Khalifa University of Science and Technology offers Graduate Research / Teaching Assistant (GRTA) scholarships to support qualified international students enrolled in graduate programs.

The scholarship provides generous remuneration and benefits that include:

Full coverage of tuition fees. Medical insurance coverage for students under the Khalifa University visa. Support to attend international research conferences. The indicative monthly stipend for GRTA Scholarship is as follows (subject to change):

Application Opening!

We will start taking applications starting November 1st, 2018 for the next intake in September 1st, 2019.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics and will be the leading university center of petroleum geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East.... [-]


MSc Geological Sciences

Botswana International University Of Science And Technology
Campus February 2019 Botswana Palapye

MSc Thesis Research in Geological Sciences [+]

MSc Thesis Research in Geological Sciences

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MSc in Geophysics

Aarhus University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Denmark Aarhus

The two-year MSc in Geophysics programme at Aarhus University is taught at the Department of Geoscience and is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad. [+]

MSc in Geophysics ON LAND, AT SEA AND IN OIL

Earthquakes, groundwater, and hydrocarbons are not only concerns for us all, but also primary focal areas for a geophysicist. The two-year MSc in Geophysics programme at Aarhus University is taught at the Department of Geoscience and is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad. A BSc degree in geology or in physics, with geophysics as a major study area or with a similar background, gives access to the MSc programme on the basis of an individual assessment. English skills corresponding to a B-level are required. The degree programme is both practical and research-oriented and reflects the interests of the business community, research institutions, and the public sector. As an MSc student on the programme, you will have excellent opportunities for working with researchers in the laboratory or in the field, and you also have the opportunity of completing a project in collaboration with a private company.... [-]


MSc in Geoinformatics Engineering

Politecnico di Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Milan

Every day humans generate quintillions of bytes of data. 80% of them are spatial data, that have to be analyzed and processed, both in real-time and off-line, to extract information. Geoinformatics Engineers are high-level experts in methods and technologies for measuring, georeferencing, analyzing, visualizing and publishing spatial and time-varying information. [+]

Mission and goals About

The Geoinformatics Engineering Master of Science is the first in Italy and exploits the long lasting experience of Politecnico di Milano in both Environmental, Geomatics and Computer Science to form new and multidisciplinary experts highly requested by both private and public sectors.

Career opportunities

Geoinformatics engineers are expert in methodological and computational aspects of spatial information with a special concern for environmental geo-referenced data. Urban and agricultural land planning, infrastructure design, transport and traffic monitoring and management, environmental modeling, Earth sciences are the main application fields of Geoinformatics Engineering. All those fields attain to the general context of sustainable management of environment and land. Geoinformatics Engineers will thus be involved in geodata projects to support the new paradigms of Participative Digital Earth, Smart City and Smart Society, and decisions at local, national country and global level. According to the selected study track, the graduated Geoinformatics Engineers can participate to the Italian state certification exam needed to enter either the Civil and Environmental Engineers' register or the Computer Science Engineers’one.... [-]


Master in Geography

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

The interuniversity Master’s programme in Geography offers a comprehensive training in spatial approaches to social and/or natural phenomena. As such, it offers a wholly different, fundamentally multidisciplinary and very exciting point of view to a whole lot of events and processes. [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Master of Geography programme is a two-year advanced study organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the K.U.Leuven. This inter-university master’s programme provides the students with comprehensive training in spatial approaches to social and/or natural phenomena.The global aim of the master’s programme is to generate geographers that can play an active role in contemporary society.The following specialisations are offered:

1. GIS and Spatial Modelling

2. City, Society and Space

3. Earth and Climate

Go to program webpage

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The master’s programme presupposes a broad basic knowledge of the natural and social sciences, as well as a broad introduction to geography. Equivalency of foreign degrees (Non-Belgian) will be evaluated case by case by the Geography Admission Board.... [-]


MSc in Spatial Planning

Radboud University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Nijmegen

A combination of a well-established core programme with electives providing state of the art specialist knowledge. [+]

Spatial planners are fascinated by on-going and future changes in cities and regions and take on the role as managers of those spatial transformations - think of: regenerating shopping districts or old industrial sites; designating water retention areas; shaping urban mobility concepts for the future. Related challenges vary in scale, from individual property to European policymaking. The program sub-title ‘managing smart cities and regions’ reflects the challenges of current and coming urban societies, at a time that ambitions for a ‘New Urban Agenda’ for the 21st century are formulated, with policies and strategies to create more sustainable and equitable urban spaces. Upon completion students will have knowledge of:... [-]


MSc in Geographical Information Management

Cranfield University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2019 United Kingdom Cranfield + 1 more

This MSc is unique in providing a balanced coverage of the key GIS technologies. The course has been developed in collaboration with industry, in response to the increased demand globally for multi-disciplinary managers, advisors, and consultants in resource management. [+]

This MSc is unique in providing a balanced coverage of the key GIS technologies. The course has been developed in collaboration with industry, in response to the increased demand globally for multi-disciplinary managers, advisors, and consultants in resource management.

Who is it for?

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds who have a passion for technology and data, have an interest in solving real-world problems and making a positive impact. You will acquire experience of world-class spatial problem solving and develop a range of personal and leadership skills to set you on the path for a challenging and rewarding career in one of the growing range of industrial and research sectors that now routinely make use of the GI technologies. The course involves a varied selection of case study work, tutorials, and lectures led by center staff and senior visiting lecturers from industry.... [-]