Graduate Program Requirements


Admission Requirements

Thesis Option: Most candidates for the master’s degree complete 24 credits in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in a program of study organized in cooperation with the graduate advisor and submit a thesis for a maximum of six credits. The thesis will consist of an independent theoretical, laboratory or field investigation supervised by a faculty advisor. The thesis option totals 30 credits.

Credit Option: Students selecting the credit option will be required to complete 36 credits of approved course work. The option will be selected with the consent of the student’s advisor and must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Students selecting the credit option must pass a written comprehensive examination during the final semester of study.

Additional Requirements: Any basic courses must be completed with at least a grade of B before the student is permitted to register beyond 15 credits, depending on the specialization. All courses are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and are subject to the approval of the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee. A maximum of nine credits in A0000-level courses may be taken toward the M.A. degree. A maximum of nine credits in other departments or divisions of the College or units of CUNY may be taken toward the degrees in Earth Systems Science.

Foreign Language Proficiency:  Not required.

Basic Skills: All graduate students in the Department are expected to acquire basic skills in computer science and numerical data analysis.

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