Master of Science Degree in Geosciences
with a Concentration in Earth and Space Sciences
at Stony Brook University
This Master’s degree program is for:
• Earth Science teachers who have initial
certification in Earth Science but need a
Master’s degree to become fully certified
• Teachers in science or other disciplines, who
need a master’s degree and want to be certified
in Earth Science
This MS degree program was developed to
accommodate science teachers and includes
new earth science graduate courses in
astronomy, atmospheric sciences and
geosciences specifically designed to cover in
detail and depth the material taught in the New
York State earth science curriculum.
The emphasis will be on understanding and
describing processes so that teachers will be
able to more easily convey this information to the
earth science students.
This non-thesis M.S. degree program requires a total of
31 credits. Of these 31 credits, 30 credits must be from
courses with the ESS designator or other approved
graduate courses in the fields of astronomy, atmospheric
sciences or geology.
ESS 501 Foundations of Earth Science (3 cr.)
and ESS 610 Capstone Project (1 cr.) are required.
Individual course programs will be developed for each
student in consultation with the Earth Science education
advisor based on the student’s academic background and
Applications for this MS program are accepted at
any time. They can be submitted at
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.
Before applying contact the Earth Science
Education advisor, Prof. Gilbert N. Hanson
Department of Geosciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-2100
The new Graduate Earth Science Courses
• Students in the MS program
•Teachers in other disciplines with a Master's
degree who would like to be dually certified.
• Science teachers with a Master's degree
who need graduate courses to meet their
continuing education or professional
Registering for courses as a non-matriculated student
You can register for the new ESS courses (or any other
courses) with permission as a non-matriculated student.
You can transfer up to 12 credits of courses taken as a
non-matriculated student to a graduate program.
Information on how to register as a non-matriculated student
can be found at
Once you are ready to enrol in one of the ESS courses, contact
Prof. Gilbert N. Hanson for permssion to register.