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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If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Matt DiCintio, 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
      • 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.

The MA in Earth & Environment is by invitation because we admit students only when a faculty advisor agrees to supervise their research. The next step in your process should be to get in touch with a faculty member (or a few) with whom you’d like to study directly and who may end up serving as your thesis advisor. Prospective applicants should inquire about opportunities directly with faculty members based on their research interests

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

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Deadline for Fall 2022 admission:

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2022.