Graduate Admission and Degree Requirements

Our Earth Sciences programs offer both MSc and PhD degrees, both are research based and require supervision by a faculty member.  It is encouraged to contact faculty members working within your area of interest to inquire about availability and funding.

Admission Requirements

Candidates should possess a BSc. in an Earth-Sciences related subject from UNB or its equivalent from another recognized university.  An applicant may be admitted to a Qualifying/Probationary Period if a potential supervisor presents a case to accept an applicant who otherwise has (i) a good degree in a related subject, (ii) supplementary work experience, and/or (iii) excellent references.

The minimum admission requirement is a 3.0 (B) average.  A candidate may be required to take a qualifying year when it is felt that he/she lacks sufficient background.

Students whose first language is not English and have not previously studied at an English speaking university will have to provide official evidence of language scores.  TOEFL (minimum score 550) including the Test of Written English (TWE) minimum score 4.0, or computer based TOEFL (minimum score 213) including the TWE (minimum score 4.0), or Internet based TOEFL (minimum score 80) including the TWE (minimum score of 25), or IELTS (minimum score 7.0) or the MELAB (minimum score 85).  Students may be required to take supplementary English courses if admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.  For more information regarding English language proficiency please review the School of Graduate Studies website.

International Students

International applicants who are applying from outside Canada should apply at east six (6) months in advance.  More information can be found with the School of Graduate Studies or the International Student Advisor's Office.

Steps to Apply

The first step is the Preliminary Application.  This can be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator along with a PDF of your resume and will be circulated to the appropriate faculty members for review.  You will need a recent version of Adobe Acrobat (8.0 or higher) to complete the form. 

If a faculty member indicates they have an opening you will receive an email response with directions to complete the full application.

Students should refer to the faculty listing in order to determine which faculty members to contact regarding future graduate studies.  For more detailed information the prospective student is encouraged to contact the individual faculty members directly.

Program of Study

All Graduate students should meet with their supervisor and committee to complete the Program of Study form within 2 months of beginning their program.  Once signed by all members of the supervisor committee the form should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator.

Research Proposal Presentations

All Graduate students must present a Research Proposal to their Advisory Committee, for MSc students within 8 months, for PhD students within 12 months of beginning your degree programs.

Annual Progress Report

All Graduate students must complete and submit the Annual Progress Report by December 1st of each year.