MA in Geology

Fast-track your career with an advanced degree in the geosciences. Become a leader in assessing risks and developing solutions for natural hazards, resource distribution and climate change. Prepare for positions in environmental, natural resource, engineering and energy related corporations, as well as federal and state governmental agencies. 

UB's Department of Geology helps you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. No matter where you go from here, you'll be equipped with the technical and soft skills necessary to make an immediate impact.

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Be Career Ready

Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.

Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills:

What career is in your future?


* Petrologist
* Environmental Scientist
* Geologist
* Hydrologist
* Program Analyst
* Project Manager
* Seismologist
* Geoscientist
* Earth Science Teacher
* Geological Technician
* Soils Engineer
* Geological Surveyor
* Environmental Consultant
* Hazardous Waste Specialist

“Geology is a 3D science, but everything we give to students is on a 2D piece of paper,” says Lowry, associate professor in the departments of Geology and Environment and Sustainability in the College of Arts and Sciences. “With the foldable aquifers, students don’t have to imagine what a 2D drawing looks like in 3D.

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Industries where UB Department of Geology 2017 graduates accepted a job within the geosciences.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for geoscientists was $89,850 in May 2017. Salaries vary based on industry, experience and location.

Young Alumni

Listed below are just a few of the UB Geology alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. Along with all of the members of the Geology Alumni Advisory Board, UB Geology alumni are looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.

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