M.A. On Campus

Geography and Environmental Studies

Northeastern Illinois University

12 months
865 USD/credit 28545 USD/year
865 USD/credit 28545 USD/year
432 USD/credit 14256 USD/year
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The Geography and Environmental Studies program of the Northeastern Illinois University is offered in the evenings and on weekends. The program is designed for students with various academic backgrounds who are interested in a career that spans the human and natural environments -- the social and physical sciences -- and who desire the spatial analytical skills of geography.


Graduate students develop an area of proficiency within the broad scope of environmental policy, planning, and management or within the geographic realm of spatial analysis. The program is both theoretical and practical; students gain knowledge, conceptual skills, and technical skills. The Geography and Environmental Studies program of the Northeastern Illinois University provides a solid basis for a career, a career shift, career enhancement or preparation for post-graduate studies.

Students are expected to:

  • acquire knowledge about human-environmental relations in which the environment is considered as both space and milieu;
  • acquire knowledge of rapidly changing landscapes, synthesizing diverse but interrelated information;
  • acquire knowledge related to locational studies concerning geometrics of movement, size, shape, and distance;
  • acquire knowledge related to environmental resources including interpretation, planning, development, use, and conservation;
  • acquire knowledge related to socio-economic development;
  • use computer cartography and geographic information systems to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and project spatial data;
  • refine skills related to map interpretation, composition, types, and preparation, and in interpretation of aerial photographs, field observation, and satellite imagery; 
  • refine skills in collection and analysis of statistical data;
  • develop skills related to computerized data processing;
  • refine computational and oral as well as written communication and research skills.

Career Options

The M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies can land a career in government, industry and non-profit organizations, such as:

  • environmental educator and professional
  • geographer
  • regional planner
  • industrial development specialist
  • research analyst
  • geographic information systems specialist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scope And Philosophy Of Geography And Environmental Studies
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographic Problems In Quantitative Measurements
  • Qualitative Research Methods In Geography & Environmental Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation with signed supplemental Letter of Recommendation Forms
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28545 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    28545 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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