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The Department of Earth & Environment is prepared to provide you the skills to address the most pressing issues of our time. A selection of integrative courses taught by world-class faculty will expose you to the broad and systemic nature of environmental issues. Our distinct professional master’s programs are designed to engage students with the foundational principles, research techniques, and professional competencies that prepare you for careers in the private, public, and non-profit sector.

The Department of Earth & Environment offers:

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Please note: We do not offer Spring admission.

If you have any questions regarding the application process after reading the following, please contact  Josh Maldonado, Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Earth & Environment, or contact the Graduate School.

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
    • In your statement, you may address such questions as:
      • What contribution do you plan to make to society when you complete your education at BU?
      • Why is BU the right fit for you?
      • What experiences have led you to this point?
      • Why is BU  the logical next step considering your experience, plans, and previous studies?
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably commenting on academic ability from former professors or instructors
  • Transcripts (all institutions of higher education you have attended)
  • Test scores
    • GREs for MS applicants
      • GRE waiver details
      • GREs will not be considered for applicants to the MA in Earth & Environment
      • English-language proficiency test for international students
        • Duolingo, TOEFL, and IELTS are accepted as outlined by the Graduate School.
        • Scores are not required of international students who graduated from a college or university in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Ireland. Waivers are granted for applicants from other countries whose official language is English.
        • Scores are not required of students whose undergraduate or previous master’s instruction was in English.
  • $95 application fee

Successful applicants to the MS in Energy & Environment will have a foundation in statistics, calculus, and microeconomics

Successful applicants to the MS in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences will have a foundation in statistics and calculus, coding/programming experience, and undergraduate-level GIS.

Admission to the Thesis MA program requires that an applicant be
successfully matched with a faculty advisor. Applicants should reach
out to potential faculty advisors before submitting their application.


For more information on admissions procedures for international students, please visit the GRS website for International Students.

Fee Waiver

Information about Financial Aid

Deadline for Fall 2024 admission:

  • The final deadline for Fall 2024 admission is April 15, but we accept and review applications, including offers of financial aid, on a rolling basis.