Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Geosciences is conferred upon successful completion of either the Thesis Track or Non-Thesis Track option of the degree program. The Thesis Track, M.S. program is a traditional Masters degree program that requires satisfactory completion of required coursework, mastery of a discipline of geoscience, and completion of an independent research project, the masters thesis. The M.S. Non-Thesis Track program is aimed at working professionals whose career would be enhanced with a M.S. degree and whose work duties do not allow them the research time required to complete a masters thesis. Assistantships are usually not awarded to students pursuing the Non-Thesis Track.

Thesis Track:

A minimum of 30 credits are required, including:

  • Two Graduate seminars 2 credits
  • GLY 6061 Geoscience Systems
  • Formal (non-research) graduate courses, 14 credits
  • Electives (formal graduate courses, seminars or supervised research), 5 credits
  • M.S. thesis (GLY 6971), 6 credits

These courses are selected to fit the student’s particular professional goals and to ensure sufficient depth and breadth of geoscientific knowledge. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all coursework counted toward the 30 credits required for the master’s degree. The M.S. degree is conferred upon satisfactory completion and defense of a thesis proposal and an original research thesis.

Non-Thesis Track:

A minimum of 30 credits are required, including:

  • Formal (non-research) graduate courses in the field of specialization, 18 credits
  • Electives (formal graduate courses or seminars), 9 credits
  • Supervised Research (GLY 6910) or a Professional Internship (GLY 6949), 3 credits

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all coursework counted toward the 30 credits required for the master’s degree. The Supervised Research (GLY 6910) must include a research paper, and the Professional Internship (GLY 6949) must include an internship report. Students must make an oral presentation of their research paper or internship report to the Department of Earth and Environment.

For more information on the Geosciences M.S. Program, see the Graduate Program Handbook for the M.S. in Geosciences.

For more information on courses, see the current graduate course catalog.