Geographical and Sustainability Sciences (MA)

University of Iowa

Date Posted: May 13, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree


We live on a dynamic planet, one that is constantly changing in response to complex human and natural processes. Geographers study the interactions of people with each other and their environment to better understand these intricately related processes. The University of Iowa conducts research and teaches students about social and biophysical systems and the events that shape the world in which we live. Its focus is on understanding these dynamics with a special emphasis on human-environment interactions as well as the science and the technologies that are needed to analyze, model, and visualize geographic processes.

The graduate program is Geographical and Sustainability Sciences is focused on the environmental consequences of human decisions on local, regional, and global scales and the application of GIScience to the study of these consequences. The program will provide leading-edge educational and research experience for professional and research-oriented graduate studies in GIScience, environmental change, health and society, and international development.