A degree (B.A/BSc/BEd) in any one of the following fields of studies; Geography and Environmental Studies, Development and Environmental Management Studies, Natural Resource Management, Agricultural Economics, Forestry or an equivalent degree in a related field of study from a recognized university. Generally applicants for the programs are selected on the basis of a sound undergraduate academic record, and a convincing statement of purpose which clearly describes their academic interest in the program and intended area of research. In addition, admission is contingent upon fulfilling other requirements requested by the post graduate office of the university and must pass the entrance examination prepared by the department and on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the department to serve as supervisor.
The program aims to ensure that students have a thorough understanding of geographical concepts with respect of their specializations and are capable of undertaking researches independently, designing research reports, developing appropriate conceptual and methodological tools, as well as interpreting them in coherent manner. The program will equip students with increased understanding of natural resource and environmental issues and the social dynamics of areas; train students to think critically and communicate effectively in their respective field of study; equip students with necessary research and statistical understanding so that they effectively employ it to understand spatio-temporal concepts and solve societal problems; enable students to analyze and evaluate different natural resource utilization issues and societal problems.
Graduates who complete their studies in this program shall be able to:
Provide leadership in national, regional and local development with a clear understanding of values and needs of the country;
Conduct researches to identify environmental, societal and development problems and then collect and compile information through archives, field survey; and remotely sensed data to alleviate the problems;
Use different theories and models to understand and explain spatio-temporal processes, trends and patterns related to human and physical environment, climatic changes and globalization;
Participate actively in community services in various interventions, like environmental, development, geo-science and socio-economic activities.
Acquire knowledge about fundamental national issues and mechanisms of sustainable environmental and societal development.
Undertake major research projects independently and able to evaluate research findings.
Understand the process of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation at different levels, design policies and sound strategies to ensure effectively implementation and evaluation at the community, regional, national and international levels.
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