Master of Science in Geosciences


The Master of Science in Geosciences degree program provides a rigorous curriculum that is designed to be relevant to many of today’s career prospects, as well as, for those completing the degree with a thesis, the opportunity to interact in a research context with a diversity of faculty. Students can benefit from many strong research programs, a modern infrastructure, and an array of convenient evening academic courses.

The graduate program prepares students for employment in the energy and environmental sectors, geospatial technologies and mining professions in industry, government or academia. The MS degree (with thesis) is also highly recommended as preparation for entry into a doctoral program and any university, although it is often not required.

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

Geoscientist, environmental scientist, petroleum geologist, development geologist, engineering geologist, 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.