Program for the
Master of Arts and
Master of Science Degrees

SEES Masters

The school offers a Master of Arts degree in Geological and Environmental Sciences, and a Master of Science degree in Applied Environmental Geosciences.  In addition the school participates in the City University Doctorate programs. The school’s location provides abundant space for laboratories and equipment. Cooperative research projects exist with the American Museum of Natural History, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Requirements for Matriculation (in addition to the College requirements for admission)

  • The Department requires that all students have taken a course in Physical Geology and a course in Historical Geology. However, recognizing that undergraduates may have studied in many different fields of earth sciences, additional expected undergraduate training may be in a broad array of subjects, including most of the following:
    Note: The Departmental Graduate Committee may waive the above requirements – except Physical Geology and Historical Geology – for students with a strong background in science who may wish to pursue studies in special fields such as hydrology, geophysics, geochemistry, or environmental sciences.
  • Minerals; Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrography; Surficial processes/geomorphology; Sedimentation and stratigraphy; Structural geology and earth internal processes; Oceanography, climatology; Evolution and paleontology; Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Ecology; Field geology (an approved field course)
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), verbal and quantitative, with official scores submitted to the department. Differential and integral college calculus, two semesters of college physics and two semesters of college chemistry. College biology may be substituted for one semester of physics if appropriate.
  • Students may be accepted with deficiencies in mathematics or allied sciences but must remove those deficiencies by taking the necessary undergraduate courses without credit. Deficiencies must be removed before the student may proceed beyond 12 credits of graduate work in geology.
  • Advanced standing (not exceeding 12 credits) may be granted to students who have taken graduate courses in geology at other institutions with a minimum grade of B or the equivalent.