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Combined BS/MS in Geosciences

The combined BS/MS degree program in Geosciences allows qualified students to earn both degrees - the BS in Geosciences and MS in Geosciences - in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning degrees sequentially. The accelerated program is designed for highly qualified undergraduate students in the Earth Sciences, allowing them to complete their MS degree within approximately 2.5 years after starting their second year.

  • Admissions

    To be considered for admission to the combined degree program, students must have completed at least 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program.

    Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.

    For more information on courses, visit the Earth and Environment Graduate Catalog.

    Admission Requirements

    • Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Science program in Geosciences at FIU.
    • Completed at least 90 credits of coursework (including UCC and CLAS).
    • Minimum GPA of 3.2.
    • Minimum GRE (verbal + quantitative) score of 1000.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Approval by the Earth Sciences Graduate Committee.

    General Requirements

    • Meet the requirements of both the BS and MS degree in Geosciences.
    • Overlap: Up to 3 courses (9 credits) may be used in satisfying both the BS and MS degree requirements, which must be at the 5000-level or higher.