Master of Arts in Earth Science

The Master of Arts in earth science in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is a non-thesis program that allows you to design a program of study in consultation with your program advisor. This program is flexible, allowing you to complete coursework from geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, anthropology, economics, political science, communication, physics and other programs.

Admission requirements

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) for your previous two years of undergraduate work is strongly recommended and is required for full consideration for a teaching assistantship.  Preference for teaching assistantships is given to graduate students in geology.
  • You must have successfully completed GEOS 1300, GEOS 1310, GEOS 3010 or GEOS 3350 and a field experience such as GEOS 4380 or GEOS 4390, or equivalent, or must complete these courses prior to finishing the degree.

Program requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 35 hours of graduate coursework, with at least 18 hours at the 6000-level or above.
  • A core of 18 hours of coursework in geosciences.
  • Satisfactory completion of up to four hours of GEOS 7100 (Independent Research) or up to three hours of GEOS 7120 (Field Experience), or both.
  • You are strongly encouraged to attend weekly departmental seminars and enroll in GEOS 6600 (seminar) for one semester, though this is not a requirement.