Earn your masters in Geosciences while you develop skills in geospatial, data analysis, and environmental geosystems.

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Geosciences, M.S.

The Master of Science in Geosciences requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours which usually translates into four semesters. The program offers two tracks: professional sciences and thesis research.

The professional sciences track combines business management with geospatial and environmental sciences.

This program is designed to prepare students for managerial positions within geosciences. The capstone experience is a professional internship.

  • The thesis research track involves the investigation of a scientific research problem. This program culminates with the thesis oral defense and approval of the thesis by committee members. This experience prepares students for specialized positions and doctoral programs.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the program offers opportunities to develop new skillsets in geospatial sciences (geographic information systems-GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, data), advanced data analysis (big data, scientific programming, and watershed modeling), and environmental geosystems (geology, hydrogeology, and watershed systems). These skillsets complement/enhance undergraduate experiences and professional backgrounds preparing students for placement in competitive positions in private and government agencies and in terminal degrees at PhD-granting universities.

If you live in one of these states: AL; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.


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The Geosciences master's program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal government agencies; private industry; the non-profit sector; and academic positions supporting spatially related projects and research. This graduate concentration provides training for students seeking careers in the high-demand geosciences jobmarket, as well as working professionals seeking advanced training or movement into managerial positions.

Examples of some professions boosted by this master's degree:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmentalist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • GIS professional
  • Historian
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Political scientist
  • Professor
  • Seismologist
  • Teacher

Employers of MTSU alumni

Many MTSU graduates with Geosciences degrees are employed with environmental and geospatial consulting firms, government agencies, and energy and mining companies. A rising demand for geoscientists will be spurred by increased interest in the renewable energy transition,environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services are expected to see growth. Places that our graduates have found work include:

  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Nashville Metro Planning Department
  • Wiser Consultants
  • Maine Department of Transportation
  • LinkedIn

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