M.S. degree program in earth and environmental sciences
HEGIS code 1914
NYS SED program code 36028

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The M.S. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences is a thesis-based degree emphasizing research and independent work. Our M.S. degree prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York or at another university of their choice, and to conduct research at the college and university level, or in industrial, governmental and survey agencies.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Powell, Wayne Program Coordinator 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 - Rolling Admissions
Spring Application Deadline January 15th - Rolling Admissions
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63 .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2021 semester.
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Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer an undergraduate major in geology, environmental science 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 Bulletin section "Admission."
Degree requirements
Thirty credits in courses in Earth and Environmental Sciences are required for the M.S. degree, including the following required courses: EESC 7150G, 7151G, 7155G, one course numbered 7521 or 7522 (or other GIS-based course approved by the Graduate Deputy), 7771G (or other quantitative/analytical course approved by the Graduate Deputy), 7902G, and 3 to 6 credits of Thesis Research (EESC 7951G, 7952G, or 7953G). Pertinent courses in other disciplines may be included in the 30 credits with permission of the Graduate Deputy and their thesis advisor. Students must complete EESC 7150G with a grade of B+ or higher, and defend their thesis proposal to a Thesis Committee consisting of three members, the thesis advisor and one other faculty member from the Department of Earth and environmental Science, and a third PhD-holding member of open affiliation. The membership of the Thesis Committee must be approved by the Graduate Deputy. Students may only enroll in Thesis Research credits after the thesis proposal is defended and approved.

Information about requirements for the thesis is in the Bulletin section "Academic Regulations and Procedures." Courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department offered toward the M.S. degree must be numbered 7100 or above.