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How long will it take?

36 credit hours are required.

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Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer.


Geosciences, M.S., Water Sciences Concentration

Employers in the public sector and private industry are hungry for people who understand aquatic systems. The M.S. degree program with a Water Sciences concentration provides students with a knowledge of the quality and quantity of water in the environment and modern techniques to assess, model and remediate aquatic environmental problems. Students can choose a thesis or capstone option.

The Department of Geosciences is distinctive because it spans the social and physical dimensions of environmental and resource issues, with a special focus on urban communities.

Our faculty have expertise in the social and environmental dimensions of water, environmental geochemistry and global climate change. We are also expanding our Geographic Information Science research and teaching to better represent and describe the complexity of social and environmental concerns.

Joining forces with our students and community partners, we tackle the interrelated environmental and social challenges of the 21st century that involve the quality, quantity and sustainable use of our natural resources.

Program Highlights

Our interdisciplinary department is part of a diverse, expanding research university. Georgia State’s location in downtown Atlanta provides access to government agencies at local, state and federal levels, nonprofit organizations, private industry and a wealth of environmental and technical consulting firms.

Program Details
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work in Water Sciences.
  • What fields, research areas or topics in Geosciences (Geography, Geology and/or Water Sciences) interest you and why? Which faculty members in our department do you see as potentially providing guidance in helping you to pursue graduate studies in these fields? (max 200 words)
  • In your graduate studies, what research approaches and methodologies (i.e. lab, field, modeling, interviews, ethnography, critical digital, GIS, etc.) are you most interested in working with? (max 200 words)
  • What professional and personal goals motivate you to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University? How will this program help you to achieve these goals? (max 200 words)
  • What preparation or experiences have you had that will help you succeed in this graduate program? Please feel free to include examples from outside educational and academic arenas. (max 300 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything in your academic record that is not representative of your potential success in graduate school? Have you had to overcome any hardships or obstacles in your development as a scholar that we should consider as we evaluate your application materials? If so, please feel free to provide any details that you wish to share. (max 200 words)
  • A bachelor’s degree in geography, geology or related field.
  • Foundational coursework for students who wish to specialize in physical-chemical aspects of water science are listed below. These courses are normally expected to have been completed as part of the applicant’s undergraduate education and completed with a grade of C or higher. However, students who are otherwise qualified may be accepted under Special Status, with the condition that this coursework is completed as part of their graduate study:
    • Minimum 1 semester of calculus
    • Minimum 1 semester of physics
    • Minimum 1 semester of chemistry
    • 2 semesters of introductory physical geography or geology

Review the general requirements for applying to Graduate School at Georgia State.

The degree is rooted in a core curriculum of surface and groundwater hydrology that equips students with a foundational understanding of scientific hydrology. An array of elective courses allows students to develop specific strengths in quantitative and computational methods and/or socio-economic aspects of water utilization and governance.

Thesis research and capstone projects with faculty are carried out in the following broad areas: aqueous geochemistry, hydrogeology, watershed hydrology, water resources, ecohydrology, urban hydrology, water governance, meteorology, and applied climatology.

For more details about the required coursework, consult the course catalog.

The department offers teaching assistantships to qualified applicants. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about research assistantship opportunities with faculty who match their research interests

This customizable, interdisciplinary degree program is designed to help students develop skills in quantitative and computational methods and/or socio-economic aspects of water utilization and governance.



Our program's students are prepared to work in a variety of water-related fields. They are also equipped to pursue doctoral studies. Our graduates work as:

  • Hydrologists
  • Environmental researchers
  • Environmental consultants
  • Climatologists
  • Urban planners
  • Geographic information scientists
  • Professional geologists
  • Community planners


Department of Geosciences
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Langdale Hall, Suite 730
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.