Master of Arts 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 capstone project. A typical MA track takes two years to complete and is not recommended for students who plan to continue on to a PhD in the geosciences. 

Generally, students entering the MA 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 MA advisor may require additional prerequisites depending on the course of study.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework including:

  • Three credit hours from each of the following geologic categories: Climate, Environmental, Volcanology, General Geology
  • Six credit hours of Geology Electives
  • Twelve credit hours of formal course work to be selected to support career objectives with the advice and approval of the advisor.
  • Completion of a capstone project.