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Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies

College of Arts and Sciences


Name: Melinda Merrick
Phone: (773)442-5697
Link: Department Website


The Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies is a 33-hour program offered in the evening hours and weekends. 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.

Is this for me?

The program is designed for students, with various academic backgrounds, who are interested in a career that spans the social and physical sciences. Graduate students develop an area of proficiency within the broad scope of human-environment interactions and/or within the geographic realm of spatial analysis.


Students gain strong research, writing, and presentation skills, preparing them for a variety of positions in education, research, industry, and consulting in the public and private sectors. "Green" employment is projected to continue to increase in coming years. Spatially-oriented technical skills, such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), also give students a highly marketable and applicable skill.