Earth Science (MSc)

Graduate students in Earth Sciences join a research-intensive environment and work with internationally recognized faculty who contribute to a wide variety of geoscientific fields. Research areas include glacial geology and geomorphology, watershed geochemistry, lichen biomonitoring, marine and terrestrial palynology, stream flow dynamics, isotope carbonate geochemistry, the structural geology of Earth and Mars, climate change and quaternary geology. Earth sciences graduate students respond to the needs of world governments, industries and social structures facing global change.


  • Geology
  • Earth Science

Entry point:

  • This program is currently not accepting applications for the 2024 entry point.


  • Thesis – 6 terms (2 years)

Application deadline:

Applications are considered when received. Please contact the program directly for more details.


Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program specific materials:
    • Three references are required.
    • Interested full time graduate students are encouraged to contact graduate supervisors prior to making formal application to discuss potential research projects. See the department website for information regarding faculty members
    • A Statement of Research Interest — no more than two pages in length, in which applicants indicate their career aspirations/plans, specific research interests, and experience relevant to their interests. Also, a potential supervisor should be identified in the statement of interest.

Career outcomes

  • Consulting firms (e.g., environmental engineering)
  • Government agencies & ministries (e.g.,geological surveys, conservation authorities)
  • Resource sector (petroleum and ore exploration, mining- including aggregate)
  • Academia, museums
  • Teaching