Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Master of Science Program

The primary function of our M.Sc. program is to prepare young scientists for independent research, through the formulation of a research problem, the collection of data, development of analytical methods, review of literature, to writing of the final thesis. This process is the principal means by which our students learn the process of research. Learning through independent investigation is supplemented by instruction in a variety of graduate courses that may include both formal lectures and laboratories, and various projects, research papers and seminars. Current graduate degrees include:

Graduate students are encouraged to develop a passing knowledge of fields peripheral to their thesis topics by regular attendance at the weekly departmental colloquia, M.Sc. and Ph.D. defence lectures of fellow students, and through participation in the graduate seminar course (GL/GP 9580A) and informal brown bag seminars.

Program Requirements

The course requirements for the M.Sc. can be found here. Courses are designed to supplement and broaden the student's knowledge base, however, a thesis based on original research, forms the most important part of both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs.

Residence Requirements

M.Sc. students are required to be resident in the Department as full-time students for a minimum of one full year.

Financial Support and Tuition

Tuition is due at the beginning of each of three terms. Tuition amounts are accessible through the Office of the Registrar. Tuition rates are subject to change each year. The basic funding guarantee for research-based M.Sc. students is tuition plus $13,000 per year; further information can be found here.

How Do I Apply?

Graduate school applications must be completed on-line. Access to the on-line application from this site or the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies site will coincide with the commencement of the application period. In addition to the on-line application, candidates are required to provide supporting documentation. All supporting documentation must be provided before an application is considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.