Geology & Astronomy
The Department of Geology and Astronomy offers a 36-credit master of arts degree in geoscience designed for the professional development of geologists and precollege teachers. Students may also obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification in earth and space science and/or general science with the appropriate selection of courses. Employment and advancement opportunities for MA Geoscience graduates are excellent due to the hundreds of environmental firms, government agencies, and school districts within the Greater Philadelphia Area.
All students complete a 10-credit core with the following courses: ESS 523 Field Geology, ESS 536 Environmental Geology, ESS 596 Earth Systems Science, and ESS 540 Geoscience Seminar. Students may select either the Earth Science Track designed for precollege teachers (requires ESS 503 Oceanography and ESS 570 Meteorology) or the Geology Track designed for working geologists (requires ESS 521 Geometrics and ESS 539 Hydrogeology). The remaining 20 credits may be fulfilled by electives, of which at least 11 must be ESS or SCE courses. The MA Geoscience degree requires completion of a non-thesis, final project that may involve primary research, a professional study, or a unit plan. Additional information may be found in the Graduate Catalog and MA Geoscience Advising Form.
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
Interested students should complete the online graduate studies application and follow the instructions for the self-managed application process.
The application deadlines are May 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, March 1 for summer admission.
For more information contact Dr. Martin Helmke, MA Geoscience Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 610-436-3565.