Graduate Degree Programs


Our Programs:

We currently offer two traditional graduate programs and a program in Environmental Science:

  1.  MS in Geological Sciences (Options in Geology or Environmental Hydrogeology)
  2.  MA Geography
  3. MS in Environmental Science (Options in Envrionmental Hydrology, Environmental Biology, Geospatial Sciences & Environmental Engineering) 

The MS in Geological Sciences is focused on hydrogeology and environmental science. Students receive both the theoretical and applied aspects of hydrogeology during their education. Alumni are employed with many consulting and government agencies in southern California and throughout the nation. Graduates may also choose to earn Ph.D.'s at leading universities.  

Advisor: Dr. M. Hassan Rezaie Boroon ([email protected])


Advisor: Dr. Kristine Bezdecny ([email protected])

The MS in Environmental Sciences (click for more information) prepares students for environmental science research, doctoral study, community college teaching, and technical positions in universities, industry, or governmental agencies.  

How To Apply:  

  1. Contact the appropriate Graduate Program Advisor (see above). 
  2. Complete the Cal State Apply Application and submit required documents to the Admissions Office. Follow university admission checklist. 
  3. Complete the Department Application:
  4. Prepare application packet to be sent to the department. Checklist: Your packet should include--application, transcripts (from all universities attended including CSULA), statement, advisor consent form (thesis option only).
  5.  All application materials should be sent to [email protected]. 
  6. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to [email protected]. Two (2) letters are required for the Geography and Geology Programs. Three (3) letters are required for all Environmental Science applicants.

Spring 2021 Applicants:  

MS in Environmental Science                     

·         Cal State Apply Filing Period opens August 1 through October 15, 2020.

·         NOTE: There is NO separate department application. The department application is integrated in Cal State Apply Q4. Applicants only need to complete the application on Cal State Apply.

MS in Geological Sciences, or MA in Geography                      

·         Cal State Apply Filing Period opens August 1 through October 15, 2020.

·         Transcript Note: You may need to request two copies of college transcripts since the graduate program does not receive a copy of your transcript from Admissions.

·         Make sure to submit all documents requested on page 1 of the program application to [email protected]

Email is preferred, but you may mail documents to:


California State University, Los Angeles

Department of Geosciences and Environment

5151 State University Drive

KH C-4067

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8203


After applying, if you have any questions, contact the appropriate program advisor only and not the Geosciences & Environment Office.