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Graduate Admissions and Program Requirements

Students apply for the graduate program in Geoenvironmental Science and Sustainability directly through the graduate admissions office.  To apply, students must complete an application form and make arrangements for all undergraduate transcripts to be sent.  GRE scores are required for students with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.75.  When complete, application materials are sent to the Geography Earth Science department for evaluation.  While not required, to learn more about the program, it is recommended that prospective students make contact with faculty members they may be interested in working with prior to applying.  All department faculty members teach/advise in the graduate program. 

Once admitted, students are required to take at least 30 credits to complete the MS degree in Geoenvironmental Science and Sustainability.  Listed below are the specific courses and requirements that must be completed to earn the degree.

  • Students must take GEO 503 Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Research during the first semester it is offered (typically every fall).
  • Students must take a minimum of 18 credits at the 500- or 600-level (graduate), including GEO 503.
  • Students may take a maximum of 12 credits at the 400 level (graduate/undergraduate) for credit towards the MS degree.
  • Students must take a minimum of 3 credits of geotechniques courses at either the 400 or 500 levels.
  • Students may take a maximum of 6 credits outside of the department.
  • Students must complete a thesis (6 credits, GEO 612 and 613) OR a one-semester research project (3 credits, GEO 546 or 548) and internship (3 credits, GEO 609). These credits count towards the 30 total credits.
  • Students must take and pass the departmental practical exam upon completing 18 credits in the program.

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Contact the Geography & Earth Science Department

104 Shearer Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1685 Fax: (717) 477-4029