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Graduate Program in Earth & Space Science

About the Program

CRESS, founded in 1965, and the related Graduate Program in Earth & Space Science, provide a means for those members of the Departments of Earth & Space Science & Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science & Engineering and Mathematics & Statistics, whose research interests strongly overlap, to work closely together on programs of mutual interest. Their resources and experience are pooled in comprehensive, fundamental and applied, experimental, observational and theoretical research programs. Specific areas of reseach include, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, Geophysics, lidar and passive remote sensing of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere, Geomatics Engineering, and Space Engineering.

The program invites applications from students expected to graduate from a 4 year undergraduate degree  with excellent academic standing, or those with an MSc degree. Students are accepted from a wide range of backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering. Current Earth and Space Science graduate students number approximately 65.

To facilitate interdisciplinary research the Earth and Space Science Program faculty consist of regular York University faculty, members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who hold an appointment in one of the following undergraduate departments at York University: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Space Science & Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, or Psychology. In addition, there are a number of adjunct members from industry, government or private research laboratories, and other universities.
The program at the MSc level offers a choice of three formats:

  1. research thesis plus 2 courses of which one half course may be a Research Evaluation course;
  2. research project plus course work;

For part-time students wishing to terminate their studies at the MSc level, the program content is decided by consultation among the student, the faculty supervisor and the program director. For students planning to proceed to a PhD, format (1) is the normal requirement.