Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science

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The Department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences. The M.S. degree program prepares students for careers as professional geoscientists in industry, government, or for a Ph.D degree. The graduate degree program includes coursework (24 semester credits minimum), and an independent research project leading to a thesis (6 semester credits minimum).  A completed thesis, evaluated by a faculty advisory committee, is required. Student research may focus on any area in which faculty are interested. See this link for details of faculty research interests, which we organize into the areas of:

  • Earth
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Environment
Program Details
  • We maintain  standards for regular admission into the M.S. program.
  • The program requires 30 hours of graduate credits taken at Wright State University. The student's course schedule of courses (24 credit hours minimum) and thesis research (6  credit hours minimum) will be specified through a Program of Study approved by the student's advisory committee of three graduate faculty members.
  • For details regarding admission into the program, please visit the following page for the application procedure: Graduate Admission. You may also review the pages for available graduate courses, departmental research facilities, and core research areas.

    We invite you to send some information about yourself using the following form: Inquiry From A Prospective Graduate Student

    We will reply and direct you to the faculty and programs that best fit your interests.

    For additional inquiries related our M.S. degree program, please contact:

    Dr. Doyle Watts
    Chair, Graduate Studies Committee
    Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
    Phone: (937) 775-2201 or (937) 775-3460

    doyle.watts@wright.edu

Non-Thesis (Second) Master of Science

This degree program offers a graduate degree (Master of Science, non-thesis option) in Earth & Environmental Sciences. It is designed for professionals who desire a second graduate degree to re-train in applied subjects in earth and environmental sciences and who already hold an M.S. or a Ph.D. degree with a completed thesis or dissertation in a science or engineering field. Areas in which students may focus include:

  • Hydrogeology and Hydrology
    • aquifer remediation techniques
    • surface water quality assessment
  • Applied Geophysics
    • near-surface geophysics
  • Environmental Sciences
    • biogeochemical processes

The program can be completed in as little as one year.

Program Details
  • The standards for admission into the M.S. program with the non-thesis option are identical to the standards for regular admission.
  • The non-thesis program requires 22 hours of graduate credits taken at Wright State University. The student's course schedule will be specified through a Program of Study approved by the student's advisory committee of three graduate faculty members.
  • The 22 credit hours will include 4 hours of research (EES 6990), the result of which will be a review paper focused on a topic related to the student's area of interest. The paper should be developed under the guidance of the student's advisory committee.
  • For details regarding admission into the program, please visit the following page for the application procedure: Graduate Admission. You may also review the pages for available graduate courses, departmental research facilities, and core research areas.

For additional inquiries related our non-thesis M.S. degree program, please contact:

Dr. Doyle Watts
Chair, Graduate Studies Committee
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Phone: (937) 775-2201 or (937) 775-3460

doyle.watts@wright.edu