Graduate Student Master Degrees
M.S. Degree with thesis in Geosciences
The M.S. in Geosciences with thesis is typically a nonterminal degree completed by some students before seeking Ph.D. candidacy. This means that the Department of Geosciences expects the candidate to continue forward for a Ph.D. program. 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. The proposal must be signed by two faculty members, one of whom must be designated as a potential sponsor of the research and research advisor. After the proposal has been accepted, the student may proceed with the preparation of the M.S. thesis.
When the M.S. thesis is nearing completion, the student's advisor asks the graduate committee to appoint a defense committee. This committee consists of three experts in the field who hold Ph.D.s, at least two of whom must be members of the program faculty. Within two weeks of receiving the thesis, the defense committee decides whether the thesis is defensible. If it is, an oral thesis defense is scheduled.
M.S. Degree with a concentration in Hydrology
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
M.A.T. Degree in Earth Science
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.
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.
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.
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.
information on the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Earth Science
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