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M.S. Degree in Geoscience

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences offers M.S. Degree in Geoscience.

About the Program

The GEOSCIENCE graduate program provides advanced professional training for careers as hydrologists, environmental resource managers, city and regional planners, engineering geologists, geophysical and geochemical geologists, meteorologists and climatologists, earth science teachers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, consultants in business and industry, and professional educators. The program also provides a scientific foundation for graduate students who plan to continue advanced studies leading to the Ph.D.

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.


Program and Graduate School Application Requirements
  • Overall undergraduate GPA , a minimum of 3.0 or above.
  • GRE with analytical writing component .
  • Minimum of 18 hours of science (preferably Geoscience) courses in the undergraduate level.
  • Passing grade (C or above) in appropriate undergraduate coursework to support the thesis research program.
  • Written evidence (Email is acceptable) of an agreement from a research faculty member willing to supervise the applicant's proposed thesis research project. Contact a faculty member for if you are interested in any topic in basic and applied geology/environmental earth science/GIS/geoscience/remote sensing related research opportunities.
  • A one-to-two page statement of research goals with focused description of research interests, including potential research topics with an identified theme, defined problem, and/or potential questions that demonstrate knowledge of his or her field of interest within the Geosciences and how these intersect with current faculty expertise within the Department.
  • Separate application for Graduate Assistantship funding submitted directly to the Department (if requesting funding).
  • Other application requirement for Domestic applicants are available at Domestic Degree Seeking
  • Other application requirement for International applicants are available at International Degree Seeking


Application Deadline
  • Application deadline February 1st for Fall admission.
  • Admission applications are available online and submitted directly to WKU Graduate School at Graduate Applications (Domestic and International Applicants-Masters Degree)
  • Graduate Assistantship application for the Academic Year must be received by February 1st. Assistanship funds are awarded on academic year basis only. There is typically no funding opportunities for Spring semester only. Graduate Assistantship application is available here to apply.
  • Copies of Supporting documents (statement of research goals and faculty supervisor agreement) should be directly sent to the Department of Geography and Geology- Attn: Graduate Committee
  • Renewal application for the Second Academic Year Graduate Assistantship funding should be received in the Graduate School office by February 1st. Graduate Assistantship Continuation Application is available here to apply.


Program Requirements (30 credit hour graduate courses)
Required Courses  
GEOS 500 Geoscience Research and Literacy 3
GEOS 502 Geoscience Research Methods 3
GEOS 520 Geoscience Statistical Methods 3
GEOS 599 Thesis Writing and Research 6

Select 15 hours elective GEOS graduate courses appropriate to support the thesis research project and approved by the thesis director*

*A maximum of six hours of advisor approved electives that are consistent with the student's research focus may be selected from other departments.

Total Hours 30

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 Last Modified 6/18/21