Degree Programs

The Department of Earth & Environment offers both Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Our programs combine rigorous coursework, theory, and application, with an emphasis on quantitative methods. This provides students with an excellent skill set for their future careers. Faculty in the department all have active research programs supported by external funding, which provides the foundation for most thesis research.

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Arts

Professional Master’s Programs

Research-driven Master’s Program


Current students should refer to the BU Bulletin for information about their curricula, including the legacy programs: MA and PhD in Earth Sciences, MA and PhD in Geography. Please be sure to refer to the bulletin of the year you entered BU.