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Why Pursue an MA in Geography & Environmental Sustainability?

The program provides rigorous training to prepare master’s students for entry into PhD programs and offers career advancement for terminal MA students. We have diverse, highly trained faculty with strong international connections who offer a range of courses in human and physical geography and methods.

Faculty encourage our students to develop research skills and become involved in professional geography through internships, conference presentations, publication, and membership in the Association of American Geographers. The program is also developing study abroad opportunities in Latin America and Europe.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Geography & Environmental Sustainability (MA)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries). Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year.
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letter(s) of recommendation demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.

For students interested in applying for the MA in Geography & Environmental Sustainability in Spring 2023 or Summer 2023, this program is listed as “Master of Arts in Geography“. For Fall 2023, this same degree program is listed as “Master of Arts in Geography & Environmental Sustainability“.
Apply using 2021-22 Graduate Application Apply using 2022-23 Graduate Application

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Geography & Environmental Sustainability (MA)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority March 15 September 15 Not Available
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


  • Presenting at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition
  • Presenting at regional and national conferences
  • Thesis option available
Andrea Aleman

Graduate Advisor of Record

Andrea Aleman, MA

210-458-4627

Andrea.Aleman@utsa.edu