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Department of GeES  MA in Land Resource Management

Overview of the program

Geography is a science that deals with the distribution and arrangement of all elements of the earth's surface or literally it is the spatial variation of phenomena on the surface of the earth on one hand and the relationship between them and human being to its environment. The word geography was adopted in the 200s bc by the Greek scholar Eratosthenes which means “earth description.” Currently, Geographic study encompasses the environment of the earth's surface and the relationship of humans to this environment, which includes both physical and cultural geographic features. Physical geographic features include the climate, land, water, plant and animal life. Cultural geographic features include artificial entities, such as nations or people, settlements, economy, transportation, tourism, buildings, and other modifications of the environment.

The Degree Programs in Geography and Environmental Studies in Arsi University in both the undergraduate and the post graduate programs are well established to produce qualified and competent graduates who are responsible professionals that can participate in various endeavors in the society.

Being the nature of the discipline the contribution of this program is for several sectors such as office of environmental conservation and protection, tourism and development, land management & administration, urban planning, population and socioeconomic development, transport network analysis, maping agencies, research institutions, education sectors, governmental & non-governmental organizations, private sectors, and the like in need.

Admission and Graduation requirement for MA in Geography and Environmental Studies

Admission requirement

Incoming Postgraduate Students are expected to have first degree in Geography or Geography and Environmental Studies or Geography and Environmental Management from accredited university/college.

Selection for admission into the MA Program in Geography and Environmental Studies is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in the entrance examination, letters of recommendation and the undergraduate performance measured in terms of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) equal to 2.00 and above. The applicants are expected to have basic knowledge in computer applications, introductory GIS and statistical techniques. The potential candidates who have no training in GIS and basic computer application will be provided 45 to 60 hours trainings side by side with the normal PG classes. The contents of this short term training will be decided by the DGC in consultation with appropriate professionals in the department.  

Graduation Requirements

The following points are essential requirements for graduation:

    • completion of 32 credit hours course works and 6 credit hours in MA thesis
    • scoring a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and above
    • no grade below C
    • students are expected to produce MA thesis of accepted standard at the end of the program
    • successfully defend his/her thesis in public and score a minimum of ‘satisfactory’ grade
    • Above all the requirements will be bound by the university legislation

Degree Nomenclature

Students completing the Graduate Program of the Department of Geography and Environmental

Studies will be awarded Master of Arts Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies (የአርት


 Students and Staff Profile of GeES Department


Academic rank On duty On Study Leave Remark
M F Total M F Total  
PHD 2 - 2 - - -  
MA 5 1 6 4 - 4  
MSc 1 - 1 - - -  
BSc 1 - 1 - - -  
Sub-Total 9 1 10 4 - 4



Total 14  

 Contact Address:

Temesgen Abraham (MSc), Head of the Department

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Cell Phone: +251912217842

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