Earth Sciences Master of Science

About us

The graduate degree program in the School of Earth Sciences provides students the opportunity to develop advanced professional training in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and Geodetic Science.

As a student in the School of Earth Sciences, you will:

  • Investigate the history of our planet, its material structure and resources, and the processes that have driven its evolution and continue to shape our environments.
  • Study the Earth’s interior and surface, its oceans, freshwaters and glaciers, its atmosphere and outer space, and their interactions with each other and with the biosphere.
  • Learn responsible use of natural resources, issues of sustainability, and the mitigation of natural and manmade hazards and global change.
  • Read Earth’s recent and ancient history in its rocks, fossils, landscapes and gravity.
  • Probe and characterize the Earth system using satellites, in situ and laboratory measurements, physical theories, and numerical models. 
  • Have access to several laboratory facilities, data archives and a variety of instrumental equipment.
  • Conduct field work worldwide and independent research on fundamental issues in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Create and disseminate knowledge about our planet, develop new techniques to explore and understand it, and share this knowledge and our technical skills with colleagues, students, and society. 

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International graduates of this major are approved by the Department of Homeland Security for three (3) years of work permission in the United States after graduation. Visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.