The MS program requires the completion of 30 credits, 3 credits in Policy/Economics, 3 credits in Environmental Engineering, 15 credits in Environmental Geoscience, 3 additional credits from any area, and 6 credits of Master’s thesis (thesis MS). The thesis involves original laboratory or theoretical work, usually publishable in accredited and peer reviewed technical journals. The thesis advisory committee will consist of a Principal Advisor who is the member of the EEAS faculty, and two members chosen from EEAS or associated UMass Lowell faculty. One member may be from outside the University, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator. In lieu of a thesis, students may elect to take an additional 6 credits of approved course work (non-thesis MS).
Candidates for the program should have a baccalaureate degree in physical or biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering from an accredited program and generally a 3.0 GPA or higher. Candidates with a closely related major may be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students entering the program should have at a minimum a year of college Physics, a year of college Chemistry, and Calculus I (Calculus II may be required for some courses). Depending on their prior course work, students entering the program may be required to take undergraduate courses in order to develop the analytical skills and knowledge base required for the advanced level courses, but these credits will not count towards the total required for the Master’s degree.
General requirements for all applicants are a completed application packet supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office which includes:
Applications may be downloaded or submitted electronically from the Graduate Admissions website.
Applications for the Master of Science Option in Environmental Geoscience are accepted year round, but it is recommended that completed applications be submitted several months before expected matriculation.
Total Credits: 30 credits
Other appropriate graduate level courses within or outside the department may be substituted for the above with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Department Chair or designee.