Earth and Environmental Sciences, M.A.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

The Master of Arts program in earth and environmental sciences explores earth’s dynamic processes while teaching how the environment affects humans and how, in turn, human activities have impacted our environment. You will work toward solutions for offsetting these environmental impacts as you develop marketable skills such as sampling procedures, quantitative analysis, chemical analytical techniques, and Geographic Information Systems analysis.

Earth and Environmental Sciences, M.A.

Where You'll Go

The course-based M.A. degree is designed for students seeking entry into careers in the earth and environmental sciences. The program is designed to prepare you for a career in government or the private sector, or for an advanced degree, and includes a full term of program and career planning and advisement.

Program Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Program Description

The M.A. program in earth and environmental sciences offers advanced instruction in a wide array of subjects in earth and environmental sciences. Depending on the interests of the student, the degree program can include lectures, laboratory work, field work, and seminars. The M.A. degree prepares students for employment in municipal, state and federal agencies, NGOS, and consulting in the environmental, geological and urban planning sectors as well as university-based laboratories. It also provides master’s-level training for earth science teachers.

Matriculation Requirements

Applicants must offer an undergraduate major in geology, environmental science, or a related field, completed with a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher. General matriculation and admission requirements of graduate studies are in the Bulletin section “Admission.”

Program Requirements (30 Credits)

Thirty credits in courses in Earth and Environmental Sciences are required for the M.A. degree, including the required courses EESC 7151G, 7155G, either 7521 or 7522, 7771G, 7902G, and the capstone course 7910G. Pertinent courses in other disciplines may be included in the 30 credits with permission of the graduate deputy. Courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department offered toward the degree must be numbered 7100 or above. The program of study must be approved by the graduate deputy.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be:

  • able to conduct research (M.S.) or address environmental challenges (M.A.) using appropriate analytical, quantitative, and geo-referencing methodologies’
  • able to communicate effectively within a professional context; and
  • competitive in doctoral applications (M.S.) or job markets (M.A. or M.S.).

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Application Deadline—August 1, rolling admission
  • Spring Application Deadline—January 15, rolling admission

Supporting Documents for Matriculation

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree outside the United States need to submit a Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation. See Graduate Admissions for more information.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Required Tests

  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.


Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng
3131 Ingersoll Hall

Or contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.4536

Office Hours

Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:

BC Admissions Appointment Tool

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the earth and environmental sciences M.A. program access to internships at a variety of companies.

Brooklyn College earth and environmental sciences alumni have found employment with many organizations, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Athenica Environmental Services
  • CivicPlus
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • LifeSci NYC
  • Memory and Cognition Lab
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • North American Youth Parliament for Water
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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