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MS in Earth Science

MS in Earth Science

Rice University

Rice University, Houston, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    89
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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Program Learning Outcomes for MS in Earth Science Students graduating from this program will: Demonstrate a solid understanding of the nature and origin of the materials that compose the Earth. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the physical and chemical processes that operate in the deep interior, outer shell, and at the surface of the Earth. Develop knowledge of the geologic record of terrestrial and oceanic Earth processes and of life on Earth. Be able to use appropriate quantitative, computational, and analytical techniques in the conduct of research investigations. Demonstrate significant skills in scientific communication, both written and oral, and the ability to read and comprehend the scientific literature in their field of research. Develop the ability to contribute to the peer reviewed literature. Degree Requirements for MS in Earth Science All incoming students should have a strong background in physics, chemistry, and mathematics and should have, or should acquire, a broad grounding in fundamental earth science. The department encourages applications from well-qualified students with degrees in the other sciences, mathematics, or engineering. For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. The requirements for the MS and PhD in earth science are similar, but the PhD demands a significantly higher level of knowledge, research skills, and scholarly independence. Most students need at least two years beyond the bachelor’s degree to complete the MS or four to complete the PhD. Candidates determine, with their major professor and thesis committee, a course of study following the Guidelines for Advanced Degrees in the Department of Earth Science distributed to all incoming students. For both degrees, candidates must: Complete 20 semester hours of course work at the 500-level and above (or other approved courses), not including research hours Pass a written preliminary exam Maintain a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better Prepare a written thesis comprised of peer-reviewed publication(s) that represent an original contribution to science Defend the research and conclusions of the thesis in an oral examination Students with a bachelor’s degree and department approval may work directly toward the PhD, in which case the course of study is equivalent to that required for both degrees; performance on the examinations and the thesis, however, should be at the level required for the PhD. Because the graduate programs require full-time study and close interaction with faculty and fellow students, the department discourages students from holding full (or nearly full) time jobs outside the university. Outside employment must be approved by the chair.

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