Applicants to the Masters of Science in Applied Geosciences are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and strong academic record
- Current Resume
- TOEFL scores, if applicable (see requirement on application page)
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with the applicants abilities and scholarly work, including at least one academic reference, if possible
- Written statement of career objectives and reasons for choosing the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Program at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. See specific essay questions.
The typical student in the Masters of Science in Applied Geosciences Program is a practicing professional with an undergraduate degree in geology, engineering, architecture, or the equivalent. Many are established geotechnical or environmental practitioners who seek the career advancement a graduate degree can offer.
The Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Program serves:
- Established professionals who seek further specialized instruction in one or more aspects of geoscience studies in order to obtain a Professional Geologist License.
- Established geoscience practitioners who have encountered professional limitations often overcome with a graduate degree
- College graduates who would like to expand specialized interests and obtain a master’s degree to effect a career change.
- Degree candidates in professional schools who would like to combine the professional skills acquired from their primary programs with the substance of a degree in applied geoscience
- Undergraduates at Penn in the School of Arts & Sciences, who choose to acquire the credentials that will enable them to accept responsible entry-level positions in the professional geologist field.