MTSU's new Master's of Science in Professional Science concentration in Geosciences gives graduates a background in both science and management, unlike traditional research-based-only programs. The program also appeals to undergraduates from the anthropology and history departments as well as the hard sciences. Students may choose between specializations in geographic information systems (GIS) or environmental geosystems, or follow the general geoscience track. The department is well-equipped with modern research and teaching technologies. All master's candidates must complete a pre-professional internship. Full-time and part-time programs are available, and almost all classes are held during evening hours. The demand for professional geoscientists is high, and job growth is expected to rise up to 25 percent in coming years.
The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.
Students in Geosciences choose among three tracks: geographic information systems, environmental geosystems, and general geoscience. The degree is certified as a Professional Science Master’s degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.
Admission to the Geosciences master's program is open to all students with undergraduate degrees in the geosciences or related fields who meet the admission requirements of the M.S. degree program. Applications are welcomed from majors in disciplines such as anthropology, archeology, environmental science, and global studies. Career The Geosciences master’s program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal government agencies; private industry; and academic positions supporting spatially related projects and research. This graduate concentration provides training for students seeking careers in the high-demand geosciences job market, as well as working professionals seeking advanced training or movement into managerial positions. Examples of some professions boosted by this master's degree:
Anthropologist Archaeologist Engineering geologist Environmentalist Environmental engineer Geochemist Geologist Geophysicist GIS professional Historian Oceanographer Paleontologist Petroleum geologist Political scientist Professor Seismologist Teacher