Master of Science Non-Thesis in Geological Sciences

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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.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science non-thesis degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework

  • Three credit hours from each of the following geologic categories: Climate, Environmental and Geohazards/Volcanology/Geodynamcis and GLY 501 Elements of Geologic Research      
  • One 1-3 credit graduate research project.
  • Six Geology Electives
  • Twelve credit hours of formal course work to be selected to support career objectives with the advice and approval of the advisor.
  • (30) total credit hours once the above credit requirements are filled. Note, no more than 3 credit hours of seminar can be accepted.