Graduate Student Master Degrees

M.S. with Thesis in Geoscience 

The M.S. in Geosciences with thesis is typically a nonterminal degree completed by some students before seeking Ph.D. candidacy. All requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within a period of three years after entry. There are no residence or language requirements.  Students must successfully complete a program of 30 graduate credits, including a minimum of 18 credits in approved academic courses. A student must achieve a 3.0 overall grade point average in all graduate courses taken at Stony Brook to receive a degree.  An M.S. thesis proposal of no more than two pages must be submitted to the graduate committee at the end of the first year. 

Additional information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

M.S. in Geoscience with a concentration in Earth and Space Sciences

This Master’s degree program is for:

• Earth Science teachers who have initial certification in Earth Science but need a Master’s degree to become fully certified

• Teachers in science or other disciplines, who need a master’s degree and want to be certified in Earth Science

The new Graduate Earth Science Courses are for:

• Students in the MS program

•Teachers in other disciplines with a Master's degree who would like to be dually certified.

• Science teachers with a Master's degree who need graduate courses to meet their continuing education or professional development requirements. 

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This MS degree program was developed to accommodate science teachers and includes new earth science graduate courses in astronomy, atmospheric sciences and geosciences specifically designed to cover in detail and depth the material taught in the New York State earth science curriculum.

The emphasis will be on understanding and describing processes so that teachers will be able to more easily convey this information to the earth science students.

For further information on the M.S. degree with concentration in Earth and Space Sciences, click here.

M.S. Degree with a concentration in Hydrology

**NOT accepting applications for 2017-18 academic year for this program

The non-thesis M.S. program with a concentration in hydrogeology is designed to give those with a B.S. degree in physical sciences a solid foundation of theoretical and practical graduate training emphasizing the physical and geochemical aspects of hydrogeology. Coursework and a final research project totaling 30 graduate credits are arranged to accommodate working professionals, with most courses taught in the evenings. This is a part-time degree program. A formal thesis is not required. Coursework includes groundwater hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, rock and soil physics, numerical hydrology, statistics and probability, and organic contaminant hydrology. Final research projects are arranged individually with faculty supervisors and are designed to give students experience in field, laboratory, or theoretical approaches. 

Download the M.S. Program with Concentration in Hydrology Guide for more details.

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M.A.T. Degree in Earth Science

The Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science leads to provisional certification for teaching earth science in secondary schools in New York State. It also prepares the student for the examination for permanent certification. There is no residence requirement. Students must complete at least one year of college-level study of a foreign language. Students interested in the M.A.T. program must apply through the School of Professional Development. Apply here: School of Professional Development.

Further information on the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Earth Science See link: M.A.T. in Earth Sciences
and contact Professor Gilbert Hanson, Room 310 ESS Building, Tel. (631) 632-8210, Email:

    • Formal Coursework:

Students are required to complete with an average grade of B or higher 15 credits in earth science courses and 27 credits in pedagogical courses and teaching experience. The departmental M.A.T. advisor, in consultation with the student, will determine a set of earth science courses for the M.A.T. degree in Earth Science.

    • Recommendation of the Department for the M.A.T.:

When all program requirements are completed, the departmental M.A.T. advisor will consult with the director of the Science Education Program to determine whether all state-mandated education courses have been completed. If they conclude that all requirements have been met, they will inform the associate dean of the School of Professional Development that the requirements for provisional certification have been fulfilled and recommend to the dean of the Graduate School that the M.A.T. degree should be granted.

    • Time Limit:

Although full-time students can complete all requirements for the M.A.T. degree within three semesters, part-time students will require additional time to complete the degree requirements.

Final responsibility for adhering to degree requirements and meeting all deadlines rests solely with the student.

Further information on the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Earth Science can be found at the following link: M.A.T. in Earth Sciences


News & Announcements

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Geosciences Department Newsletter


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has established a Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments. 

Stony Brook Geosciences going Far Beyond: Newest Department of Geosciences faculty member Weisen Shen's seismological research takes him to the South Pole.

Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200
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