Master of Science in Geosciences


The Master of Science in Geosciences (with thesis) degree program provides a curriculum that is designed to be relevant to many of today’s career prospects, especially, for those completing the degree with a thesis. Opportunities to interact in a research context with select faculty are available for qualified students. Students can benefit from research programs, a renovated facility and several convenient evening academic courses. Geosciences is a long-established program at the University and traces its deep roots to the early 1960s.

The graduate program prepares students for employment in the energy and environmental sectors, geospatial technologies in industry and government or academia. The MS degree (with thesis) is typically required as preparation for entry into a doctoral program at any university.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Geosciences

Catalog page: MS

MS in Geosciences Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree in geosciences or equivalent, including courses in physics, mathematics and chemistry, is preferred.

Test score required: Yes

A minimum combined GRE score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions is advisable.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


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Possible Careers

Environmental scientist, petroleum geologist, development geologist, engineering feologist, exploration geophysicist, field geologist, geological consultant, geotechnician, laboratory technician and radiation safety officer

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.