M.A. degree program in earth and environmental sciences
HEGIS code 1914
NYS SED program code 02091

The M.A. program in earth and environmental sciences offers advanced instruction and research experience in a wide array of subjects in earth and environmental sciences. Depending on the interests of the student, the degree program can include lectures, laboratory work, field work, seminars, and teaching. The M.A. degree prepares students for employment in university-based laboratories, in environmental and geological consulting companies, in such governmental regulatory agencies as the EPA, NYDOE, and NPS, in state and federal survey departments, and in urban planning agencies. It also provides masters-level research training for earth science teachers.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Powell, Wayne Graduate Deputy 718.951.5416 4227 Ingersoll Hall wpowell @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Available by appointment.


Admission Requirements

Department Earth And Environmental Sciences
Fall Application Deadline August 1st
Spring Application Deadline January 15th
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
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Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer an undergraduate major in geology, or a related field, completed with a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Within twelve months of matriculation, the student must pass a qualifying examination given by the department. Details regarding the examination may be obtained from the department.

Degree requirements
Thirty credits in courses in geology are required for the degree. With permission of the geology graduate committee, pertinent courses in other science departments may be included in the 30 credits.

Students must choose one of the following options:

1. Students must submit a thesis acceptable to the department and orally present and defend it. A maximum of 3 credits in the series Geology 7951G-7953G may be counted toward the degree.

2. Students must pass a comprehensive examination and submit a research paper acceptable to the department. Information on the research paper is available in the department office.

In exceptional cases, the graduate geology committee may waive required courses or prerequisites.

Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

The program of study must be approved by the department graduate committee.

Some assistantships in teaching and research are available to qualified students. Inquiry should be made of the chairperson.