McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Earth and Planetary Sciences (M.Sc.Thesis)

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Program Information

School:McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Science
Field of Study:Geology/Earth Science, General
Description:The nature of graduate research in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is highly variable. As a result, students may enter the graduate program with backgrounds in earth sciences, chemistry, or physics, depending on their research interests and the supervisor with whom they wish to work. Students pursuing an M.Sc. are required to take four courses, but their major project is an M.Sc. thesis that typically results in a journal publication. Research for the thesis typically begins in the first year of residence and is completed, together with the written results, in the second year of residence.

Students graduating from the program typically proceed to a Ph.D. or work in the mineral exploration or petroleum industries. Excellent students admitted into the M.Sc. program can be “fast-tracked” from the M.Sc. into the Ph.D. program at the end of the first year if suitable progress has been demonstrated. Such students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits of coursework and a comprehensive oral examination in the Ph.D. 2 year.

URL:Earth and Planetary Sciences (M.Sc.Thesis) at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Areas of Research:Environment
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,991
National: $10,924
International: $12,600

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
Applicants should have an academic background equivalent to that of a McGill graduate in the Honours or Majors program in geology, geophysics, chemistry, or physics (minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0). The Admissions Committee may modify the requirements in keeping with the field of graduate study proposed. In some cases, a Qualifying year may be required.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 19, 2022