Earth Sciences

  • Degrees Offered: MSc & PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open
  • Study Options: Thesis, Dissertation
  • Length: Two (MSc) and Four (PhD) Years
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter, Summer

Our recent graduates have gone on to work mainly in the mineral exploration and petroleum sectors, geosciences, geophysics, and environmental geoscience consulting, government research in natural resources, academe. We generally have about 30-40 students that work with research-active faculty with strong links with provincial (NB-DNR) and federal (GSC) geological surveys.

One of our key features is that we offer field-based student research, which is conducted throughout Canada. Students have access to cutting edge labs and facilities; such as, the Laser Ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry, geochemical and spectroscopic analytical facilities, geophysical equipment and software, electron and light microscopy, experimental petrology, sample preparation and thin section preparation (UNB Earth Sciences maintains one of the best thin section preparation facilities in Canada).

Our students work in a collegial environment and have a well-organized graduate student society (AGES). The Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC) have some graduate students that are directly studying lunar soil and Martian meteorites affected by the impact of asteroids and comets.

Research areas and current faculty

Application requirements

  1. Before applying, students are required to submit a preliminary application assessment, with a Statement of Interest (about 250 words) outlining the applicant’s research interests. The statement will then be circulated to faculty members. If a faculty member is interested in considering a student for admission, students will be asked to submit an application.
  2. Applicants to the research-based Masters program should hold a bachelor’s degree in geology or equivalent, first or upper second division, minimum GPA of 3.0/4.3 (70% or B). Applicants to the PhD program should have a masters degree with research-based thesis from a recognized university.
  3. International applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores.
    • Paper-based TOEFL score, minimum 580, and TWE of 4.0
    • Internet-based minimum 92, and writing 25
    • Computer-based minimum 237 and 4.0 in writing
    • IELTS (minimum score of band 7.0)
    • MELAB (minimum score of 85)
    • CanTest (minimum score of band 4.75)

Funding

International differential fees are waived for doctoral students, about $8,500. Funding from teaching and research assistantships and other sources is typically between $21,000 and $25,000 depending on the program and top-ups from other sources.

Contact us

For more infromation, contact Dr. David Lentz, Director of Graduate Studies, or Heidi Stewart, Graduate Programs Coordinator.

Related: Earth Sciences Department

               Earth Sciences Information Sheet