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Geography - Environment and Natural Resources, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #701 (QS) , AL,
Faculty have ongoing research to understand earth and environmental process to improve the ways in which natural resources are protected, conserved, and utilized. Our research advances solution-driven science to maintain the integrity of natural systems.

About

The Department of Geography is committed to the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge concerning the environment and society in order to help our students become global citizens, environmental stewards, policy makers, and scientists, and to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama by helping better understand human impacts on the environment and interactions between society and Earth’s natural systems.

The MS degree in geography requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework and successful defense of a thesis. The 30 hours of required coursework for the MS include 6 hours of program requirements (GY500 and GY523), 6 hours of thesis research, and 12 hours in a concentration of the student’s choosing. Each student should work closely with the thesis advisor to create a curriculum of study tailored to his or her academic and career goals.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research Methods and Traditions
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Forest History and Restoration
  • Natural Hazards
  • Land Use Regulations
  • Field Studies in Africa
  • Environmental Decision Making
  • Environment and Society
  • Ecosystem Services: Theory and Practice
  • Topics in Global Environmental Change
  • Extinction and Endangered Species
  • Forest Ecosystem Management: Silviculture
  • Soil Science

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • Applicant data sheet and statement of purpose
  • One transcript for each U.S. or international institution of higher education
  • Admissions test scores less than five years old 
  • The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Additional application materials (e.g., portfolios, writing samples, responses to essay questions, etc.) required by individual departments
  • International applicants must submit one certified copy in the native language along with certified precise word-for-word English translations of all transcripts, diplomas, and certificates of degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14615 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5390 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tuscaloosa

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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