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76 Masters Programs in Earth Science

A master’s degree is an academic degree that is pursued after finishing undergraduate studies. For those interested in the systems of the earth, a Master in Earth Sciences may be a good path to follow. Most degrees offered will require students to complete a research paper or master’s thesis. What is a Master in Earth Sciences? Students will spend much of their time honing their resear… Read more

A master’s degree is an academic degree that is pursued after finishing undergraduate studies. For those interested in the systems of the earth, a Master in Earth Sciences may be a good path to follow. Most degrees offered will require students to complete a research paper or master’s thesis.

What is a Master in Earth Sciences? Students will spend much of their time honing their research skills and learning about how the interactions of different earth components and the biosphere affect the climate. Emphasis is on biogeochemical cycles and general atmospheric science. Students will gain comprehension in fields such as atmospheric chemistry, physical phenomena, physical geography, meteorology, and ecology. They will also learn how to use advanced laboratory-based and computational methods, as well as get experience in field operations.

Earning a Master in Earth Sciences can be very beneficial for students. They focus on improving their analytical skills, which helps in many areas of life. A master’s degree gives them a competitive edge in the work force over those who have only completed undergraduate studies. A degree also allows graduates to work all over the world. 

Because there are earth science programs all over the world, school costs can vary quite a bit depending on the program. Research different schools and contact them directly to find out what your financial obligations would be.

With a Master in Earth Sciences, there are many career opportunities for students. Graduates can work within the fields of consultancy, environmental management, water and climate issues, international aid, nature conservation planning, development of analytical methods and data, and research. Future employers may include county and municipal councils and NGOs.  There are work opportunities both nationally and internationally.

To help students earn their degree in an efficient and fair manner, many schools offer classes online. These allow individuals to learn and work on their own schedule, which frees up more time to raise a family or work another job. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop p ... +

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea alongside a rigorous academic curriculum. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and r ... +

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University builds on the legacy of the Petroleum Institute as an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics and will be the leading university center of petroleum geosciences education, continuing education, and research in the Middle East. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of Glasgow - College of Science & Engineering
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Masters in Earth Futures is an interdisciplinary programme that bridges knowledge across the social and physical sciences. It aims to equip students with the expertise, ex ... +

The Masters in Earth Futures is an interdisciplinary programme that bridges knowledge across the social and physical sciences. It aims to equip students with the expertise, experience and skills to tackle the environmental and societal challenges of sustainable development in the Anthropocene. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
25 Jul 2022
Campus
 

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University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Sustaining a growing population on our dynamic planet requires a deep understanding of geological and geophysical processes within the Earth, and of how they interact with the ... +

Sustaining a growing population on our dynamic planet requires a deep understanding of geological and geophysical processes within the Earth, and of how they interact with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and Biota. The Master's Program in Geology and Geophysics trains you to address pressing questions concerning our home planet's evolution, its role as the source of raw materials needed by modern civilization, and environmental issues. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Aug 2023
04 Jan 2023
Campus
 
University of Miskolc
Miskolc, Hungary

The aim of the program is to train geologists and geophysical engineers who have the knowledge of geology, geophysics, and geoinformatics and skills necessary for the prospect ... +

The aim of the program is to train geologists and geophysical engineers who have the knowledge of geology, geophysics, and geoinformatics and skills necessary for the prospecting and exploration of geological structures and mineral resources, the assessment of mineral resources and reserves, conduct environmental geological surveys and delineate environmental pollution. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
05 Sep 2022
31 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

This two-year master program in resources engineering is unique in Europe and provides the students with cutting edge knowledge in georesources engineering, geometallurgy, and ... +

This two-year master program in resources engineering is unique in Europe and provides the students with cutting edge knowledge in georesources engineering, geometallurgy, and processing of primary mineral ore resources and secondary resources from metal recycling. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Oviedo
Oviedo, Spain

The Master in Geotechnology and the development of GIS projects is aimed at providing students with the skills to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret and disseminate geospatia ... +

The Master in Geotechnology and the development of GIS projects is aimed at providing students with the skills to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret and disseminate geospatial information. By responding to market demand, it aims to train professionals who are capable not only of understanding the methods and managing existing IT tools but also of developing their own programs in order to automate tasks and provide solutions to complex problems. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Wroclaw
Wrocław, Poland

The specialty Applied Geoscience is an offer for English speaking students not only from the European Union but also from all over the world. The program lasts 2 years (4 seme ... +

The specialty Applied Geoscience is an offer for English speaking students not only from the European Union but also from all over the world. The program lasts 2 years (4 semesters). To obtain a master's degree, students must write and defend a master thesis. The program of these studies comprises the most important aspects of geosciences proposed in four semesters. The knowledge of mineralogy and petrology, stratigraphy, structural and economic geology, applied hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, and environmental protection are proposed as a consistent academic course, which difficulty increases from the first to the third semester. As a consequence, the second and third-semester courses continue and build up on the knowledge obtained during previous semesters. All the courses are related to the wide aspects of the applied geoscience knowledge and include problems of environmental protection and as such teach issues strongly linked to present-day problems of the world. During the final fourth semester, students work almost exclusively on their MSc dissertation. -
Master
Full-time
2 - 4 semesters
English
01 Oct 2022
31 Aug 2022
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Understanding proteins is central to understanding and solving both medical and biochemistry-related problems on the molecular level. This programme explores the molecular str ... +

Understanding proteins is central to understanding and solving both medical and biochemistry-related problems on the molecular level. This programme explores the molecular structures and functional mechanisms of a large number of proteins. Graduates from the programme will master methods of cloning, expression and purification of proteins, and a number of specialised techniques for analysing proteins. They will also be able to understand and use primary scientific publications and have the ability to independently plan, carry out and critically evaluate experiments. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Umeå University - Faculty of Science and Technology
Umeå, Sweden

Within the Master's Programme in Earth Science you will study natural earth processes, climate change and the impact of human influences such as natural resources and environm ... +

Within the Master's Programme in Earth Science you will study natural earth processes, climate change and the impact of human influences such as natural resources and environmental disruption. Impact on earth processes leads to substantial changes in the environment. You will develop awareness and in-depth knowledge of environmental changes over years to millennia in different types of environments. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Memphis
Memphis, USA

At the graduate level, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences. Our graduate program encourages the academic and personal growth of students through coursework, r ... +

At the graduate level, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences. Our graduate program encourages the academic and personal growth of students through coursework, research, and professional development opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate research in a wide range of typical disciplinary areas as well as interdisciplinary studies. Our program maintains its greatest strength in its research focus areas: Hazards, Active Tectonics & Dynamic Geomorphology, Geoarchaeology & Quaternary Studies, Hydrology & Water Resources, and Spatial & Community Analysis. Many aspects of the research we are known for taking advantage of our location along the Lower Mississippi River, which is both near the New Madrid Seismic Zone as well as the region where native American cultures thrived during the pre-Columbian era. However, our laboratory for field studies ranges across the globe. -
MSc
Full-time
2 - 3 years
English
Campus
 
German University of Technology in Oman
Muscat, Oman

The Master of Science in Applied Geosciences provides students with theoretical and technical expertise in hydrogeology, petroleum geology, and mineral resources geology.

The Master of Science in Applied Geosciences provides students with theoretical and technical expertise in hydrogeology, petroleum geology, and mineral resources geology. -
MSc
Part-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
 
Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Boston, USA

With an MS in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, your career options are endless. Private, public, and nonprofit sectors demand professionals with advanced technical sk ... +

With an MS in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, your career options are endless. Private, public, and nonprofit sectors demand professionals with advanced technical skills who can organize and analyze spatial data sets. From governmental planning, defense, and transportation departments; to environmental, resource management, and public safety agencies; to consulting firms, research labs, and academia, your skills are in demand. -
MSc
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Padova
Padua, Italy

The Master’s degree in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources has the main goal of educating professionals and researchers capable of approaching in a multi-disciplinary m ... +

The Master’s degree in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources has the main goal of educating professionals and researchers capable of approaching in a multi-disciplinary manner the theory and applications of physical methodologies for the exploration and characterization of the subsoil. This exploration can take place ad different spatial scales, from meters to tens and hundreds of kilometers, with aims spanning a large number of applications and theoretical areas where the knowledge of soil and subsoil is crucial. Both computational and field-oriented specializations are foreseen. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Oct 2022
Campus
 
The University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

You will be interested in the geoscience skills relevant to the sustainable and environmentally responsible extraction of natural gas, geothermal energy and mineral production ... +

You will be interested in the geoscience skills relevant to the sustainable and environmentally responsible extraction of natural gas, geothermal energy and mineral production to support the low carbon economy. Upon graduation, you will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of all subsurface geoscience applications, alongside an in-depth technical knowledge of sedimentary geoscience and geophysics, rock mechanics and fluids evolution. You will have an interest in lab-, computer- and field-based analysis and assessment. You will be interested in a career within the energy sector or academia, in the fields of petroleum geoscience, carbon storage, geothermal, nuclear waste disposal and gas/compressed air storage. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus