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Master of Arts (MA) (Geography)

Programme Overview

Duration: 2 Years Programme Code: 090306

M.A. programme of Geography is designed to train students to use their skills and background knowledge to solve real-world problems with geographic dimensions, the programme includes such sub-fields as environmental management, land use planning, location analysis, land management, transportation systems planning, applied physical geography, geographic aspects of environmental law, remote sensing, cartography, geographic information science, and computer analysis. The degree is intended to prepare the student for middle management employment, but research skills taught in this program are excellent training for students who intend to proceed to doctoral work.

Programme Educational Objectives:

  • To acquire broad knowledge of geography concepts.
  • To acquire geographical perspective to integrate knowledge from a variety of sources in order to understand the interaction between human and physical processes that shape culture, society and the environment.
  • To acquire basic skills:
    1. Field Observation and Measurement
    2. Methods of spatial data storage, analysis, and representation in the forms of maps and GIS
    3. Area Specialization
  • To acquire critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication.

Programme Outcome:

Upon successful completion of the programme the post-graduate would demonstrate :

  • Knowledge and grasp of the subject.
  • The ability to apply conceptual knowledge to real life issues and problems.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

Programme Highlights

The department offers a supportive atmosphere featuring responsive, accomplished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. The faculty maintains a flexible curriculum, involves students in research, and also helps them to obtain internships. Master’s degree students are trained in the traditions and methods of geography including the latest geo-spatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS).

Some of the major areas that will be covered

Some of the fields that our graduates are employed includes: Cartography, Disaster Response, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Flood Prevention, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professions, Higher Education, Historic Preservation, Homeland Security, International Business, Military Intelligence, Natural Resources Management, Public Health Planning, Public Education, Real Estate, Regional and Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Tourism Planning and Marketing, Water/Waste Infrastructure Management.

Career Avenues:

Geography postgraduates are trained to deal with multivariate problems, are skilled in information retrieval, data management and computing, and are used to working on their own initiative, and as such are highly employable in a variety of professions.

Graduates enter many different careers, including Industry and Commerce, Charities, Planning, Teaching, Finance, Social and Community Work, Environmental Management and Conservation, Media, Politics, and the Civil Services.

Entry Requirements:

Graduation in any field with Geography as one of the subjects from a UGC approved university. In addition, applicants will also have to successfully complete Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission (GATA) and appear for a personal interview.

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