24 months
20756 USD/year
20756 USD/year
8058 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Earth and Planetary Sciences program at Western Connecticut State University is a dynamic field that incorporates elements of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and other physical sciences as well as mathematics and computer science.


Earth and Planetary Sciences students at Western Connecticut State University form a select group of capable, patient, motivated people who study the origin, structure, and evolution of the Sun, Earth and other stars and planets, as well as the processes that formed and modified them.

These studies are done with instrumentation (data gathering) during local work and field trips, and with computers (data analysis, including mathematical models).

Opportunities for students

  • Observatory internships
  • Planetarium show development and production
  • Science exhibit development
  • Independent research projects
  • Research at the National Undergraduate Research Observatory (NURO) in Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Presentation and publication of research
  • Interaction with other science students and faculty at conferences
  • Astronomy Club

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Oceanography 
  • Planetary Physics 
  • Physical Geology 
  • Independent Thesis Research in Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Meteorology & Weather Systems 
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Scientific Methods 
  • Special Topics in Earth & Planetary Science 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

For admission to the M.A. program, a student must have received an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a combined undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 and:

  • A minimum of 45 semester hours in the sciences and mathematics, including 6 – 8 semester hours in three of the following disciplines: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, earth sciences, geology, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography and physics. Deficiencies may be rectified by taking undergraduate courses while taking graduate course work, or;
  • students must receive written permission from the physics, astronomy and meteorological graduatecommittee.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10378 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    20756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10378 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8058 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4029 USD per semester during 24 months.

NE Regional: $6,044 per semester

Living costs for Danbury

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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