M.S. Concentrations

The Department of Geosciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree in Geoscience with the following concentrations:

On-Campus Programs

Broadcast Meteorology Concentration (Non-Thesis)

Concentration designed for students intending to pursue meteorology careers in media. This non-thesis master’s degree combines meteorology coursework with the Practicum in Broadcast Meteorology sequence. A research project presentation and a written and oral comprehensive examination are required.

Professional Meteorology/Climatology Concentration (Thesis)

Thesis-based concentration intended to prepare students for forecasting careers or further graduate study. Thesis defense/comprehensive exam is required.

Geology Concentration (Thesis)

Thesis-based concentration intended to to prepare students for careers in professional geology or further graduate study. Thesis defense/comprehensive exam is required.

Geography Concentration (Thesis)

Thesis-based concentration appropriate for students interested in studying the spatial distribution of cultural and physical features across the Earth’s surface.  It can be tailored toward specific interests in either human or physical geography. Thesis defense/comprehensive exam is required.

Geospatial Sciences Concentration (Thesis)

Thesis-based program designed to prepare students to use geospatial technologies to provide insight into Earth and atmospheric processes. Thesis defense/comprehensive exam is required.

Environmental Geosciences Concentration (Thesis)

Thesis-based program intended for students interested in a broader cross-section of the geosciences. Thesis defense/comprehensive exam is required.

Programs of Study


Geospatial and Remote Sensing Minor

The Geospatial and Remote Sensing (GRS) minor is a cross-disciplinary program that allows students from any major to develop and enhance their geospatial skills.  Students will learn important theoretical concepts associated with geographic information systems and remote sensing sciences, and they will acquire the ability to use these methods to solve spatial problems.

Program Requirements


 

Distance Education Programs 

Teachers in Geosciences Concentration (Non-Thesis)

The Teachers in Geosciences concentration is a two-year, 36 credit hour program of study offered through distance education.  It is designed primarily for K-12 science teachers. The TIG is a non-thesis concentration and requires 36 hours of coursework as well as a written comprehensive exam. 

Applied Meteorology Concentration (Non-Thesis)

The Applied Meteorology Program (AMP) is designed for individuals with meteorological, environmental or hazards-related careers.  This non-thesis concentration is offered through distance education. The AMP requires 36 hours of coursework as well as a written comprehensive exam.  In order to be admitted into the AMP, students must complete, or have completed a Synoptic Meteorology class.  This class can be taken through MSU distance education in the Summer or Fall semesters.

Distance Education


Graduate Student Support

Geography

Full time-time and half-time teaching assistantships are often available for graduate students. Full-time TA's teach two or three lab sections per week; half-time TA's usually teach one lab section and assist in one other. Departmental TA's usually last for two years and include a tuition waiver. Research assistantships are also often available to graduate students. RA's are usually required to teach labs in addition to working on a research project. The amount of the monthly RA stipend is dependent on a particular project and grant. 

Geology

Full time and half-time teaching assistantships are often available for graduate students.  Full-time teaching assistants teach two or three lab sections (in introductory geology or in the student's specialty) per week; half-time teaching assistants usually teach one lab section and assist in one other.  Departmental TA's usually last for two years and include a tuition waiver.  Research assistants are usually required to teach labs in addition to working on a research project.  The amount of the monthly research assistant stipend is dependent on a particular project and grant.  

Geospatial Sciences

Full time-time and half-time teaching assistantships are often available for graduate students. Full-time TA's teach two or three lab sections per week; half-time TA's usually teach one lab section and assist in one other. Departmental TA's usually last for two years and include a tuition waiver. Research assistantships are also often available to graduate students. RA's are usually required to teach labs in addition to working on a research project. The amount of the monthly RA stipend is dependent on a particular project and grant. 

Meteorology

BMP & PMP: Full-time and half-time teaching assistantships are often available for graduate students. Full-time TA's teach two or three lab sections per week; half-time TA's usually teach one lab section and assist in one other. Departmental TA's usually last for two years and include a tuition waiver. Research assistantships are also often available to graduate students. RA's may be required to teach labs in addition to working on a research project.

For more information on the graduate program in the Department of Geosciences contact Renee M. Clary, Graduate Coordinator.

Graduate Assistantships