The MS in geosciences at UMass Amherst offers you the flexibility of different tracks, each of which can prepare you for employment or a PhD program.

  • The thesis track is for students with strongly focused research interests and culminates in an in-depth research project and a thesis.
  • The project track is for students interested in broad geological or interdisciplinary knowledge on a wide range of topics and culminates in a smaller research project and final report as well as an oral exam.
  • The MS in applied geohydrology is a one-year program that is perfect for students who have an undergraduate or advanced degree and are looking for a graduate program without a traditional research requirement. 

Geoscience graduate students can pursue a range of research questions using world-class approaches and tools, spanning topics in solid earth, surficial processes, hydrogeology, and climate studies.