Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University are designed for students with bachelor's degrees seeking to further their expertise in the field.

Graduate Programs

  • Accelerated Master of Arts in Earth SciencesFor upper-level undergraduate students interested in transitioning directly into a master's program.
  • Master of Arts in Earth Sciences: For students planning a career outside core geosciences who would benefit from an in-depth education in the geosciences.
  • Master of Science in Geosciences: For students willing to develop further expertise in geosciences.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences: For students planning to pursue a career in high-level and cutting-edge research in industry and academia.
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Hydrogeology: For students interested in learning how to collect environmental field data, water and sediment sampling techniques, the principles and practices of near-surface geophysics, drilling and water well installation methods, environmental assessment and hydrogeologic measurement techniques, field geochemistry, scientific writing, data presentation, data analysis and problem-solving skills.

Admission Requirements

Note: Applicants are encouraged to bookmark the appropriate page of information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

Application Deadlines

The Department of Geosciences has rolling admissions. As such, students may submit a graduate application at any time. However, it is highly recommended that applicants submit completed applications no later than six weeks before the semester for which they are applying. This allows sufficient time for your required documents to be mailed, received, processed and uploaded to your application; for the committee to review your application and reach an admission decision; for the department and university to process the decision; for you to consult with your graduate adviser and, finally, enroll in courses. All of this must happen ahead of semester deadlines. As such, applications submitted without sufficient time will be considered for the following semester.

IMPORTANT: The department has rolling admissions. However, if you are applying for the M.S. in Geosciences or the Ph.D. in Geosciences and wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship, you must complete your application no later than February 15. For more information about teaching assistantships, how to apply or access the application form, please visit our teaching assistantships page.

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