Dr. David Boutt
|Department of Geosciences
611North Pleasant Street
233 Morrill Science Center
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Amherst, MA 01003-9297
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The Professional Masters in Geohydrology is intended to provide: (1) additional education for working professionals in the area of geohydrology as it applies to problems relating to water and the environment; and (2) an opportunity for UMass-Amherst or Five-college undergraduates to obtain, as part of
a fifth year of study, a Master degree in addition to the Bachelor degree. This is a non-thesis Master degree program administered by the Geosciences department, and is intended to be completed by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees and who are interested in a graduate program that does not have the traditional research requirement. The program consists primarily of coursework in geohydrology and allied Oelds with an emphasis on environmental applications. No research is required though the program does allow for independent study, professional development, internship, and cooperative experience.
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of the geosciences faculty. The prerequisite coursework required is that of a minor in geosciences. The department recognizes that entering students may not be at same level of proficiency concerning basic geosciences requisite coursework.
A minimum of 30 credit hours are required, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. The overall course requirements will depend on the background of the individual, but may be tailored to professional objectives. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the entrance committee. GEO-SCI 701 (Professional seminar) is required for all semesters of residence. A final exit examination must be scheduled for the last semester of residence and will consist of a short series of questions pulled from the courses taken and professional licensure examinations (PG/LSP/LEP, etc.).
Applicants who are applying for this non-thesis Master degree program must follow the same procedures that all prospective graduate students follow – found at this website , including providing the university with results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and two letters of reference. When applying to the program please make your intentions known to the program director that you are applying for the Professional Master degree as a non-thesis MS student. The 2011-2012 costs for the two semester program were: $12,237 (Massachusetts Resident); $18,182 (New England Regional States); $24,386 (Out of State (Non-New England). Applications will be accepted beginning in the fall semester only up until April 15th.
Physical Hydrology (4 courses total)
Geochemistry (2 courses)
Tools and Techniques (1 course)
• GEO-SCI 591D Spatial Data Analysis
Applicable Courses in other departments
An additional 3-6 credit-hours of free electives may be selected to complete the 30 credit-hour requirement. Free electives may be selected from any of the courses listed above, and may also be independent study credits (GEOSCI 697) taken to fulOll a research cooperative, or other professional development experience.