The graduate degree programs in Geological Sciences at Binghamton University are built around student research leading to publishable results in one of our subdisciplines: Environmental Geosciences; Sedimentology and Surficial Processes, or Geochemistry and Petrology.
Our Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Geological Sciences* is intended to prepare students for a job in industry or as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. degree either at Binghamton or another university. M.S. students typically take a year of coursework followed by a year of research that culminates in a publically-defended thesis. Students are encouraged to submit their thesis in the form of a publication-ready manuscript.
Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Geological Sciences is intended to train future government research scientists, industry research scientists, or academic scientists. Ph.D. students typically take two years of course work and are admitted to candidacy after an oral examination of their general geological knowledge. An oral defense of a research proposal sets the stage for advanced-level research that culminates in a public defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students are encouraged to submit their dissertations as a number of publication-ready manuscripts.
*A Science Management Certificate that can help you add value to your master's degree is available through our Graduate School. Learn more.