University of New Hampshire

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Earth Sciences


105 Main St., Thompson Hall

Durham, NH 03824

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S; Earth Sciences, M.S; Geology, MS; Oceanography, M.S; Ocean Mapping M.S; Geochemical Systems ,M.S; Hydrology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

he Department of Earth Sciences offers the master of science degree in Earth sciences with options in geology, oceanography, ocean mapping, and a specialization in geochemical systems. The department also offers the master of science degree in hydrology. Graduate students in the department may conduct research through the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. The geology option is intended for students with interests in petrology, mineralogy, structural geology, tectonics, geophysics, sedimentation, glacial geology, paleoclimates, glaciology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy, paleontology, low- or high-temperature geochemistry, and isotope geochemistry. The oceanography option is intended for students with interests in chemical, geological, or physical oceanography, including paleoceanography. The ocean mapping option is intended for students with interests in hydrography and hydrographic survey technology. The geochemical systems specialization is intended for students with interests in all aspects of geochemistry: bedrock, sediment, water, ice, and air with particular emphasis on interpreting and modeling the interaction of these media (e.g., biogeochemistry, air quality, and climate change). The hydrology degree is intended for students with interests in fluvial processes, global-scale hydrology, groundwater hydrology, hydroclimatology, surface-water hydrology, water quality, and quantitative hydrology. Note: The Ph.D. in Earth and environmental science is offered as part of the interdisciplinary and intercollege Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) program. Earth sciences faculty at UNH are active participants in this program. All Earth sciences emphases available in the Department of Earth Sciences Masters Program (see above) are also available in the NRESS Ph.D. program. Please see the program information under the NRESS program for further details.


UNH is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

International Student Requirements:

Non-native English speaking International applicants are required to submit TOEFL examination scores. Demonstration of a sufficient level of English Language proficiency is a prerequisite for admission. Submitted scores that fall below our minimum requirement will be considered unacceptable and grounds for denying admission. Minimum score requirements are as follows: TOEFL (Paper Based): 550 TOEFL (Computer Based): 213 TOEFL (Internet Based): 80 TOEIC* (Test of English for International Communication) IELTS* (International English Language Testing System): 6.5 Institutional Testing Program (ITP) is NOT an accepted TOEFL score by UNH Graduate School

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

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