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Graduate admission and degree requirements

Our masters and PhD program are research-based. Because they require supervision from a faculty member, we encourage you to contact a professor working within your area of interest to inquire about availability and funding.

Admission requirements

  • a BSc in an Earth-Sciences related subject from UNB or its equivalent from another recognized university
  • a minimum of 3.0 (B) average

An applicant may be admitted to a qualifying or probationary period if a potential supervisor presents a case to accept an applicant with:

  • a good degree in a related subject
  • supplementary work experience
  • excellent references

Students whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied at an English-speaking university

You will need to provide official evidence of language scores: 

  • TOEFL (minimum score 550), including the Test of Written English (TWE - minimum score 4.0)
  • Computer based-TOEFL (minimum score 213), including the TWE (minimum score 4.0)
  • Internet-based TOEFL (minimum score 80), including the TWE (minimum score of 25)
  • IELTS (minimum score 7.0)
  • MELAB (minimum score 85).

You may be required to take supplementary English proficiency courses if you are admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

International students

If you are applying from outside Canada, you should do so at least six months in advance. Contact the School of Graduate Studies or the International Student Advisor’s Office for more information.

Steps to apply

Fill out the preliminary application.

You can submit this form to the Graduate Studies Coordinator with a .pdf file of your resume. We will circulate these documents to the appropriate faculty members for review.

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

View our faculty listings to find out which faculty members to contact for future graduate studies or for more detailed information.

Program of study

All graduate students should meet with their supervisor and committee to complete the program of study form within two months of beginning the program.

The form should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator once it’s signed by all members of the supervisor committee.

Research proposal presentations

All graduate students must present a research proposal after they began their program, to their advisory committee, within:

  • Eight months for MSc students
  • Twelve months for PhD students

Annual progress report

All graduate students must complete and submit the annual progress report by Dec. 1 of each year.