Penn’s Master of Science in Applied Geosciences

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Take the lead in environmental geosciences

Whether you’re an experienced geoscientist or are preparing to enter the field, the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science in Applied Geosciences is a highly practical program that prepares you for the next professional move ahead. Designed for your success, our program features a faculty of leading academic researchers and experienced practitioners to offer the latest in industry best practices, methods, and technology.

  • Choose from concentrations in Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, and Environmental Geology, or create your own individualized concentration
  • Gain knowledge and field experiences to accelerate your Professional Geologist (PG) licensure
  • Earn OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) certification on campus
  • Network with peers in industries such as environmental consulting, government, green infrastructure, and engineering
  • Demonstrate your abilities to current or prospective employers through the capstone experience
  • Complete the 12-course program in two to four years, depending on course load
  • Enroll full or part time, so you can pursue your education without interrupting your career

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences ‘18

“It’s a very intriguing science to try and figure out what’s going on beneath our feet. There’s so much innovation going on all of the time. Knowing what’s out there on the fringe that you can apply to a site might change the tide for you and your client. I realized how applicable and useful what I learned is in my job and in the real world. I took the material and skills that I learned at Penn and immediately used them the next day.”


Master of Science in Applied Geosciences ‘20

“There are enough things in life that people with more money have greater access to. Water should not be one of them. For people in policy, it’s important to know about source water protection and how that influences equitable distribution of high-quality water. I’ve been so lucky to travel internationally for water work, and that’s a product of coming to Penn and being able to connect with people that have such vast knowledge and abilities.”


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