We've designed our coursework-based, non-thesis master’s-level degree track for students who desire graduate-level study in the geosciences, but plan to pursue a non-research directed employment path. In lieu of a research thesis, students complete a supervised research project. A typical MS non-thesis track takes 1.5 years to complete and is not recommended for students who plan to continue on to a PhD in the geosciences.
Generally, students entering the MS non-thesis track are expected to hold a BA or BS in Geological Sciences. Students applying with other science or engineering degrees must have 12 credits in advanced geology, or must complete these credits during their master's program. The MS non-thesis advisor may require additional prerequisites depending on the course of study.
The Master of Science non-thesis degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework