All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Hold an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in Geology) from an accredited institution.
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).
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.
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
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
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.