Master of Arts in Earth Sciences
The Master of Arts in Earth Science is a non-thesis program at Western Michigan University that permits students to design programs of study in consultation with the program advisor that are compatible with the individual's goals. This geosciences program is intentionally flexible; coursework may be drawn from geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, anthropology, economics, political science, communication, and physics, among others.
- Grade-point average of at least 3.0 (of 4.0) for previous two years of undergraduate work is strongly recommended and is required for full consideration for financial support via teaching assistantships. However, teaching assistantships will be awarded preferentially to students enrolled in the MS Geology program.
- Students must have successfully completed GEOS 1300, 1310, 3010 or 3350, and a field experience such as 4380 or 4390, or their equivalent, or must complete these courses prior to finishing the degree.
- Complete a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours of graduate coursework, with at least 18 hours at the 6000-level or above.
- A core of eighteen (18) hours of coursework in Geosciences is required.
- May include satisfactory completion of up to four (4) hours of GEOS 7100 (Independent Research) or up to three (3) hours of GEOS 7120 (Field Experience), or both.
- Students are strongly encouraged to attend weekly departmental seminars. Enrollment for credit in GEOS 6600 for one semester is encouraged, but not required.