MS in Geology
Contact: Dr. Francisco Gomez
101 Geological Sciences Building
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.
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)|
- Minimum Academic IELTS scores:
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 Graduate School:
- All required Graduate School 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.