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Applied Environmental Geoscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Coursework and research opportunities are available to specialize in atmospheric sciences, global climate change, chemical oceanography and paleoceanography, environmental geology and geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, soil biogeochemistry and physiology, shallow subsurface and marine geophysics, groundwater and surface water hydrology, urban ecology and limnology, geomicrobiology, geomorphology and quaternary studies, sedimentation, sedimentary petrology, paleontology, experimental mineralogy and petrology, igneous and metamorphic petrology. 

Faculty are involved in field activities from areas around New York City, to the northern Appalachians of New England, and continental U.S., to numerous localities around the world, e.g., the Southern Ocean, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caribbean, South America, South and East Asia, and Europe. Faculty members participate fully in the CUNY Graduate Center PhD program in earth and environmental sciences. Cooperative research projects exist with the American Museum of Natural History and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. 

Programme Structure

Exciting projects are being performed by students and faculty, including arsenic contamination in the drinking water supply, environmental health and safety, cancer and genetic epidemiology, environmental geochemistry, study of sewage effluent contamination and its effects on hypoxia and the benthic foodweb in Long Island Sound, salinity intrusion and microbial contamination in the NY–NJ Harbor Estuary, paleoclimatological history of the Hudson River, global climate change (including hurricane patterns of the past and the future), tectonic history of Westchester County and the State of Maine, radiometric ages of ancient rocks and radionuclide tracing of oceanic carbon cycling, plant-atmosphere CO2 fluxes, microbial ecology of plant litter, and earthquake hazards. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The department requires that all students have taken a course in physical geology and a course in historical geology.
  • Differential and integral college calculus, two semesters of college physics, and two semesters of college chemistry. College biology may be substituted for one semester of physics if appropriate.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), verbal and quantitative, with official scores submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions and the department.  
  • Students may be accepted with deficiencies in mathematics or allied sciences but must remove those deficiencies by taking the necessary undergraduate courses without credit. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    805 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    805 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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