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The Volcanoes and Geohazards Studies Program

Our program offers MSMA, and PhD degrees. In addition, we offer a special degree program: Professional Science Masters in Geohazards. Prospective Graduate students are invited to contact faculty members to discuss potential projects. Teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a highly competitive basis and applicants will only be considered fully when the online application process is completed.

The Volcanoes and Geohazards Program Seeks To:

  • Provide undergraduate students with a selection of courses in volcanology, to allow them to gain a solid understanding of the content and methods of the discipline.
  • Provide Masters students with a solid understanding of the principles of volcano science, an ability to use those principles in a guided research project, and a broad course and skill background that makes them competitive in the technical marketplace.
  • Provide doctoral students with the highest possible quality of close guidance in volcano research, technical mastery in their chosen field, superior technical skills, and opportunities to display these skills in production of scholarly articles.

Volcanoes and Geohazards-Related Courses Available in the Program

Core Courses

  • GLY 431/531 Volcanology (Offered annually Fall semester)
  • GLY 431/528 Geohazards & Risk (Offered annually Fall semester)
  • GLY 597 Volcanology Seminar (Offered every semester)
  • GLY 477/577 Advanced Volcanology (Offered biannually Spring semester)

Elective Courses (Usually offered biannually)

  • GLY 533 Volcanic Rocks
  • GLY 578 Advanced Field Methods
  • GLY 574 Topics in Volcanology

Elective Courses (Offered irregularly/on demand)

  • GLY 534 Methods in Volcanology   
  • GLY 554 Topics in Planetary Volcanology 

Professional Science Masters in GeoHazards

The Department of Geology offers an advanced, graduate certificate program: the Professional Science Masters in Geohazards (PSM). The PSM is best suited for students who are interested in applying their scientific background in geohazards to real-world applications.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Prospective graduate students are invited to contact faculty members to discuss potential projects. Teaching and Research Assistantships are awarded on a highly competitive basis and applicants will only receive full consideration once the online application process is completed.