MS in Geology

Contact: Dr. Francisco Gomez
101 Geological Sciences Building
(573) 882-9744

The master’s degree program includes a thesis and a non-thesis option, both of which require 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The thesis option is accomplished by taking 18 to 21 graduate course credits and preparing a written thesis involving 9-12 credits of research or problems credits. Students have until the middle of their second semester in residence at the university to choose a supervisor and a thesis topic. The non-thesis track requires 27 hours of graduate course credits plus 3 hours of research credit leading to completion of a smaller-scope research project.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: none set, but January 31st for guaranteed consideration for departmental financial aid

  • Minimum    TOEFL    scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 530
  • Minimum Academic IELTS scores:
Item Score

Note on GRE Scores and GPA: Our quantitative  assessment of applicants uses a combination of GPA for the last 60 hours and the student’s GRE verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores. We have a formula that weights the GPA and total GRE scores equally.  Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered, but their acceptance would require very strong GRE scores or exceptional circumstances.

Required Application Materials

To the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • All required Graduate Admissions documents. We require applicants to submit applications through our online system.

To the Geological Sciences Program:

  • 3 letters of recommendation (submitted through the Graduate School’s online application system)
  • Personal statement (uploaded into Graduate School application online)
  • GRE scores

Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellow-ships or other funding packages. Check the program website or ask the program contact for details.