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The Graduate School

Geology and Astronomy

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The Graduate School

McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Fax: 610-436-2763

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

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Earth & Space Sciences


  • M.S. Geoscience


  • All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
    1. Hold an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in Geology) from an accredited institution.
    2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 or greater. If the GPA is less than 2.8, students may be admitted provisionally with one of these standardized tests and scores: GRE (more than 1000), MAT (greater than the 50th percentile), or Praxis PPST (greater than the Pennsylvania Department of Education Minimum).
    3. Complete of the following prerequisites: ESS 101 Introduction to Geology; CHE and CRL 103 General Chemistry I and lab; PHY 130 General Physics; MAT 105 College Algebra; and MAT 121 Statistics I.
    4. Permission of the Graduate Review Committee
  • Complete the online application and submit academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent.

Other Important Information

  • The M.S. Geoscience degree is designed for professional development of geologists and precollege teachers. Courses are offered evenings, weekends, and summer to accommodate working professionals.
  • The M.S. Geoscience degree requires 36 graduate credits. All students must take ESS 523 Field Geology, ESS 521 Geometrics, ESS 596 Earth Systems Science, ESS 547 Geoscience Seminar, and ESS 602 Directed Research. In addition, students must choose 2 of the following 4 courses: ESS 530 Oceanography, ESS 570 Meteorology, ESS 536 Enviromental Geology, and ESS 549 Advanced Hydrogeology.
  • All students must complete and defend a final project at the end of the program, such as a unit plan, a professional paper, or a scientific paper to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Students may take up to 6 graduate credits (2 courses) without enrolling in the program. These classes will count towards graduation once a student is admitted.
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