Master of Science: Environmental and Urban Geosciences
The Department of Geosciences offers a Master of Science degree in
environmental and urban geosciences, the only such program in North America.
This unique program prepares students, depending on their emphasis area, for
advanced study of different facets of the environment, including
environmental issues and impacts assessment; geospatial methods (GIS and
Remote Sensing); natural hazards; environmental remediation; waste
management; air and water pollution; resource evaluation and management,
climate variability and impacts; geoarchaeology; historical geography; and
urban land use and planning. Students are required to complete a core
curriculum, a thesis and additional course work in one of the following
Environmental Geography and Geographic Information Science
Urban and Cultural Geography
For full admission to the graduate degree program in environmental and urban
geosciences (Code 6, degree-seeking status), the following requirements must
1. Completion of an undergraduate degree with a major in a geosciences field
(such as environmental studies, geography or geology) and a grade-point
average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0) overall, as well as in the major.
2. Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination is not required
but highly recommended, although GRE scores may be used to award
3. Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional referees.
With department approval, students with non-geoscience undergraduate degrees
may be admitted on a non-regular degree-seeking basis (Code 6-V). After
successfully completing recommended courses for the appropriate
undergraduate geoscience degree, including prerequisites, these students may
be granted degree-seeking status. Domestic students interested in applying
to our Master of Science degree in environmental and urban geosciences can
apply online by following this link: http://www.umkc.edu/apply/grad.asp
International students must fulfill additional requirements and submit their
application through the International Students Affairs Office (ISAO).
Application instructions can be obtained by following this link: http://www.umkc.edu/isao/graduate_admission.htm
Teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to
incoming graduate students. Assistantship applications and all supporting
materials should be submitted by March 15 for fall enrollment.
Requirements for Retention
1. For newly admitted graduate students, elimination of all undergraduate
deficiencies (if any) in the undergraduate major and its supporting
prerequisites is required upon or before the completion of the first 12
hours of coursework for graduate credit. No graduate credit can be given for
undergraduate courses taken to remove deficiencies.
2. All students are required to pass a qualifying examination administered
by the department during their first year.
3. A 3.0 (B) average or better must be maintained in all graduate
coursework. In addition, a 3.0 (B) average and a satisfactory balance of
grades must be maintained in the approved program of study, or the student
will be subject to either probationary status or dismissal from the program.
To obtain a copy of the course curriculum including a list of required core
and elective courses, please contact the department principal graduate
advisor (Dr. Jejung Lee at email@example.com).
Requirements for Graduation
1. Formal acceptance of a planned program of study and research is required
by the department and the graduate officer of the College. Such a program
must comprise at least 30 graduate credit hours (approved by the supervisory
committee), including 3 to 6 hours of thesis credit, and completion of the
core curriculum and emphasis area requirements. No more than 40 percent of
the program may be 300- to 400-level courses, and at least 18 credit hours
must be at the 500 level or above.
2. A formal written thesis is required of all students, and its format must
be in accordance with guidelines of School of Graduate Studies.
3. A final examination is required, including oral examination of thesis
research and related coursework.
4. Satisfactory compliance with all applicable requirements of the School of
Graduate Studies is required, including continuous enrollment and residency.
Principal Graduate Advisor and I. Ph.D. Coordinator: Dr.
Graduate Geography Advisor: Dr.