- Alignment with and advocacy from a potential advisor. Prospective students should reach out directly to faculty with relevant research interests to ensure that the faculty member is actively recruiting students and that a relevant research project can be identified.
- Academic preparation. An applicant to the M.S. program is expected to have demonstrated competency in the following college courses: one year each of calculus and chemistry and two semesters of physics and/or biology. In addition, the applicant is expected to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or the biological sciences. Students lacking some background in a particular area may be admitted provided they are prepared to complete courses, without graduate credit, in which they may be deficient.
- Scholarly potential (research, technical, oral communication, and written communication skills, acquired both from academic and non-academic settings).
- Persistence, motivation, and realistic self-appraisal.
- Potential to capitalize on their unique experiences, perspectives or talents to contribute to the scholarly community at UNH.
Earth Sciences: Geology (M.S.)
Earth Sciences: Geology (M.S.)
The demand for skilled geoscientists is expected to grow rapidly in coming years. This degree allows you to specialize in geochemical systems and will prepare you to meet the public and private sector demand for knowledgeable and analytical professionals with strong scientific communication skills.
Credit Hours: 30-34 | Courses: 9-10 | Program Length: 2 years
Why get a master’s degree in earth sciences with a geology option?
Earth scientists enable society to engage in the responsible and prudent use of Earth’s resources and to understand and facilitate the mitigation of natural disasters and climate change. The demand for skilled geoscientists in the United States and worldwide is expected to grow rapidly in coming years. Students with an earth sciences M.S. are well suited for jobs in either the public or private sector that require knowledge of physical Earth system processes, laboratory analytical techniques, quantitative and geospatial data analysis, and scientific communication.
Why choose UNH’s earth sciences program?
Earth sciences students at UNH gain experimental, numerical and analytical skills in rigorous classes and research projects focused on sites in New England and around the world. Cutting-edge research experiences involve instrumentation such as petrographic microscopes, x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electronic microscopes, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers, and magnetometers. The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the key academic centers of UNH’s renowned programs in Earth and environmental sciences, with many students working with faculty in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), and the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE).
Potential career areas
- Computer modeling
- Economic geology
- Environmental hazard assessment
- Governmental agencies (e.g., EPA, USGS, NOAA)
- Marine geology
- Oil and gas extraction
- Renewable and alternative energy