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Geosciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #1084 (BCR) , MI,
As a graduate student in the M.S. program in geosciences at Western Michigan University, you will gain a broad perspective on Earth processes as well as a specialization in a specific discipline within the geosciences. 

About

Through coursework and research, you will choose to specialize in one or more areas such as geochemistry, geophysics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, petrology, remote sensing, sedimentary systems, earth science education or economic geology. Your coursework will provide you with foundational theoretical knowledge, as well as the ability to carry out relevant field and laboratory techniques. During your thesis research, you will learn how to design an investigation, collect and analyze your own data, form interpretations and share your results with peers, faculty and members of the geoscience community. The program provides the specialized knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of careers. Graduates of this program have attained positions in state and federal government agencies, non-profit agencies, environmental and geotechnical consulting firms, the oil and gas industry, the mining industry and the education sector. Many graduates have pursued a doctoral degree upon completing this program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research in Geology and Earth Sciences
  • Independent Research
  • Professional Field Experience
  • Graduate Research

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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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

  • Copy of passport identification page
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Complete high school or post-secondary education transcripts
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the first academic year of study at WMU according to estimated cost of attendance
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required
  • This program requires the General GRE 
  • Three recommendations
  • Written statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15556 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15556 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15556 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15556 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Kalamazoo

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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