The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Earth & Planetary Sciences (M.Sc.)

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Thesis) offered by the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences in the Faculty of Science is a research-intensive program that emphasizes cutting-edge and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical reading, literature synthesis, and academic writing to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

Keywords: geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, glaciology, volcanology, seismology, environment, sustainability, climate change.

Unique Program Features

  • Students receive funding from a combination of tuition subsidies, research stipend, expected salary from employment (e.g., Teaching Assistantship),
  • external or internal scholarships/awards (if applicable);
  • Faculty members conduct research in broad range of topics including: the geochemistry of the mantle; the nature of processes concentrating metals in hydrothermal mineral deposits; the controls of viscosity in magmas and the mechanisms of volcanic eruption; the fate of carbon and trace metals in marine sediments; the nature of changes in atmospheric and oceanic chemistry during Earth’s history; earthquakes and fault mechanisms; geomicrobiology; the movement of water and nutrients within complex ecohydrological systems; wetland hydrogeology; interactions between the cryosphere, solid Earth, and climate systems; global human processes and their relationship to planetary boundaries;
  • Students benefit from access to an Electron Microprobe Microanalytical Facility, an Atomic Absorption Lab, an Inductively-Coupled Plasma (ICP) Lab, and a Stable Isotope Laboratory;
  • Graduates either continue their studies or enter the workforce in the mineral exploration or petroleum industries.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences website

Department Contact

Graduate Program grad.eps [at] (subject: MSc%20in%20Earth%20%26%20Planetary%20Sciences) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 January 15
WINTER February 15 August 1 August 1

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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