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15 MSc Programs in Geography

After completing a Bachelor of Science, students wishing to further their education may choose to pursue a Master of Science (MSc). Taking an average of two years to complete, a master's degree provides specialized training that prepares students for better academic and career opportunities. What is an MSc in Geography? It is a degree program that studies the branch of natural science that analyze… Read more

After completing a Bachelor of Science, students wishing to further their education may choose to pursue a Master of Science (MSc). Taking an average of two years to complete, a master's degree provides specialized training that prepares students for better academic and career opportunities.

What is an MSc in Geography? It is a degree program that studies the branch of natural science that analyzes patterns in Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere. Students examine both historic and recent changes in the natural environment. They also develop skills in geographic information science, cartography, remote sensing, and world language.

Although some students seek out an MSc in Geography in order to further their careers, most do so to make a positive impact on environmental issues. In-depth courses in geomorphology, hydrology, biogeography, and climatology contribute to an advanced knowledge of complex environmental patterns that can help measure and minimize negative human impact to the environment.

With a variety of universities around the world offering graduate degrees in geography, the cost of a master's degree in the subject can vary greatly. Contacting a school directly is the best way to understand the cost of a program.

After earning a Master in Geography, graduates can expect to find a variety of work in both the private and public sectors. Geography is naturally applied to the fields of urban planning and transportation management because the program offers an excellent understanding of spatial patterns. Environmental and emergency management are also popular career paths that present challenging and rewarding opportunities to solve important problems.

The online database is a great place to begin researching various international geography programs. If you're interested in a higher degree in the subject, 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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University of Groningen - Campus Fryslan
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

How can tourism and climate adaptation shape our natural surroundings into a flourishing countryside, thriving towns, and booming cities? And how do these landscapes sway our ... +

How can tourism and climate adaptation shape our natural surroundings into a flourishing countryside, thriving towns, and booming cities? And how do these landscapes sway our identity and society? Cultural Geography studies the mutual shaping of human societies and our natural surroundings into cultural landscapes. Within this programme, you can follow a track on sustainable tourism, or specialize in the governance of climate adaptation. Either way leads to a Master of Science degree. In the general programme, you study the interplay between place and wellbeing in regional development. You follow classes on natural and cultural heritage, culture and identity, and mobility and multiculturalism. After advanced training in data collection and analysis methods, you conduct field research on any one of these topics yourself, learn how to conduct intervention impact assessments, and write your master thesis. -
MSc
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human activities, behaviors, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that c ... +

How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human activities, behaviors, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that contemporary tourism is facing? You will tackle these questions and study the interactions between tourists, visitors, local communities, and the natural, and build environment in detail in the Tourism Geography and Planning track. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Our Master's Programme in Geography is based on high-quality research groups operating in some of the major fields of geography. It is divided into three study tracks: 1) phys ... +

Our Master's Programme in Geography is based on high-quality research groups operating in some of the major fields of geography. It is divided into three study tracks: 1) physical geography, 2) human geography, and 3) geoinformatics. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Aug 2022
05 Jan 2022
Campus
 

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Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

In Urban and Economic Geography, you will study the reasons behind the diverse developments in the globalised and urbanised world, and you will learn to translate up-to-date t ... +

In Urban and Economic Geography, you will study the reasons behind the diverse developments in the globalised and urbanised world, and you will learn to translate up-to-date theoretical and methodological developments into empirical research. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

Looking for a programme with a research focus on physical geography, social and urban geography or GIS and spatial modelling? Then this competitive interuniversity programme i ... +

Looking for a programme with a research focus on physical geography, social and urban geography or GIS and spatial modelling? Then this competitive interuniversity programme is perfect for you! VUB and KU Leuven offer this innovative and internationally recognised programme on fundamental and applied aspects of geosciences. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
20 Sep 2021
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

This programme presents a multidisciplinary education in the environmental sciences of the high latitudes. Due to accelerated changes, there is a need for experts with multidi ... +

This programme presents a multidisciplinary education in the environmental sciences of the high latitudes. Due to accelerated changes, there is a need for experts with multidisciplinary training. The programme is a joint Nordic master of Agricultural University of Iceland with Lund University and the University of Helsinki, and students will graduate from two universities. The master program includes one semester in Iceland and students will have access to courses and research projects at any of the four additional EnCHiL partners. The curriculum contains a mandatory mobility period of at least one semester. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
30 Aug 2021
Campus
 
The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Washington, USA

The Master of Science in Geography Program has, on average, 20 to 25 students in residence each year. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 36 h ... +

The Master of Science in Geography Program has, on average, 20 to 25 students in residence each year. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 36 hours (non-thesis option). -
MSc
Full-time
3 - 4 semesters
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

In many places in the world, we experience rapid environmental change. In the Master of Science in Polar Landscape and Quaternary Climate, you get the knowledge and skills nec ... +

In many places in the world, we experience rapid environmental change. In the Master of Science in Polar Landscape and Quaternary Climate, you get the knowledge and skills necessary for the understanding and analysis of polar and alpine landscapes. You get insights into how they have changed on different time scales, linked to climate variations during the Quaternary period. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
29 Aug 2022
15 Jan 2022
Campus
 
University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

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 i ... +

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. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Nov 2021
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The primary purpose of the MSc in Geography minor-dissertation with coursework is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requir ... +

The primary purpose of the MSc in Geography minor-dissertation with coursework is to provide students with specialised advanced education and training while meeting the requirements of a specific research component so that students can master the required experimental and technological skills and necessary fieldwork competencies such as innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking and organizational skills. A minor-dissertation with coursework MSc in Geography consists of a minimum of 120 credits of research at level 8 in the form of a research project, written up as a minor-dissertation. -
MSc
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, USA

The Master of Science degree with a major in Applied Geography prepares graduates for advanced study, meaningful employment, and life-long learning. The program’s applied focu ... +

The Master of Science degree with a major in Applied Geography prepares graduates for advanced study, meaningful employment, and life-long learning. The program’s applied focus nurtures a culture of engagement, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities and helping students from a variety of academic disciplines apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Lausanne Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
Lausanne, Switzerland

One master's degree: 4 orientations The Master of Science in Geography is a 2nd cycle training program of the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment of the University of L ... +

One master's degree: 4 orientations The Master of Science in Geography is a 2nd cycle training program of the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment of the University of Lausanne. The training is part of the Bologna Declaration (June 19, 1999) and leads to the award of a Master of Science degree. -
MSc
French
Feb 2022
Campus
 
Oregon State University
Corvallis, USA

Most of the pressing questions and problems of communities, nations and the planet can be explored using the tools and approaches of geography. Geography, the study of human a ... +

Most of the pressing questions and problems of communities, nations and the planet can be explored using the tools and approaches of geography. Geography, the study of human and Earth system processes in space and time, incorporates principles of mathematics, social science, and natural science to analyze and interpret change in the environment using a range of cutting-edge geospatial imaging and modeling tools. -
MSc
English
Sep 2021
 
University of California Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Davis, USA

In this program, students gain advanced knowledge of the spatial interactions between humans and the biophysical environment, including landscape change; sustainable resource ... +

In this program, students gain advanced knowledge of the spatial interactions between humans and the biophysical environment, including landscape change; sustainable resource management; human and physical geography; domestication and geographical dispersal of plants and animals; biogeography and climate change; acculturation of indigenous peoples and immigrants; indigenous agrosystems; women in development; and medical-nutritional geography. -
MSc
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Groningen - Campus Fryslan
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Which impacts does tourism have on the social, cultural, environmental, and spatial characteristics of an area? How do tourists influence and are influenced by places and cult ... +

Which impacts does tourism have on the social, cultural, environmental, and spatial characteristics of an area? How do tourists influence and are influenced by places and cultures? How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human's activities, behaviours, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that contemporary tourism is facing? You will tackle these questions and study the interactions between tourists, visitors, local communities, and the natural, and build environment in detail in the Tourism Geography and Planning track. Tourism is a global phenomenon with important regional and local impacts. Due to a large number of tourist trips and the possible economic influences, tourism development is often seen by policymakers as an important strategy for regional development. As COVID-19 has shown, tourism is a fragile phenomenon: it can suddenly come to a grinding halt leaving communities that rely on tourism without means to sustain their livelihood. Moreover, before COVID-19, tourism had reached a level that threatened that same heritage (both human and natural) on which it depends. The Tourism Geography and Planning track offers critical insights into the role of the tourism sector in such liveability and identity questions. It offers international, place-based, critical, and research-oriented approaches. In line with the teaching and research philosophy at RUG/Campus Fryslân, the track’s approach to tourism is transdisciplinary involving disciplines such as history, anthropology, psychology, spatial planning, and hospitality studies in the curriculum and dialogue with global and local actors in (sustainable) tourism development. Through these theoretical perspectives, you will develop the capacity to understand, analyse, and evaluate complex problems related to (sustainable) tourism development and planning. -
MSc
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 

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