Boise State University

24 months
25276 USD/year
25276 USD/year
9194 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Master of Earth Science (MESci) is a professional science degree program without a thesis requirement designed for students who are in the workforce or considering a career path where a thesis would not be a requirement. 


The curriculum in the MESci is built around proven course strengths in our MS Geosciences, Geophysics, and Hydrologic Sciences programs. The MESci requires the student to select from one of three emphasis areas, with core content in each paralleling those other programs. This provides the MESci student with similar core skills, knowledge base, and focus as in the thesis based programs, skills which have proved vital to a broad range of fields, including policy, regulation, or management, in the areas of environment, natural resources, and urban planning. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Geomorphology
  • Whole Earth Geochemistry
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanology
  • Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
  • Basin Analysis Hydrologic Science Core
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Applied Hydrologic Modeling
  • Aqueous Geochemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
95 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • A letter of intent outlining background, preparation, interests, career goals and plans, and 1-3 potential faculty members to study under.
  • A current résumé.
  • Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores.
  • A TOEFL score of 587 or higher for the written exam or 95 internetbased test (iBT) for students whose native language is not English.
  • A writing sample (publication, technical document, scientifc abstract, or prior coursework).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25276 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25276 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25276 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25276 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    9194 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9194 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

If you take over 16 hours per semester there is an additional cost of 239$ per credit (resident or non-resident)


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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