Master of Science in Geological Sciences

A student collects rock samples in the field.

We've designed our master's-level degree track for students considering a career as a professional geologist, or continuing on to a PhD level of study in the geosciences. A designated faculty member closely supervises the student and a typical MS track is expected to take two years to complete.

Students entering the MS track generally hold a BA or BS in Geological Sciences. Students applying with other science or engineering degrees must have 12 credits in advanced geology and attend a Geology Field Camp, or must complete these requirements during their master's program. The MS advisor may require additional prerequisites depending on the course of study.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, including 24 formal course credits. Required courses are determined by the advisor and the student.
  • Preparation of a Thesis Proposal.
  • Approval and completion of a thesis, followed by a successful oral presentation and defense.