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Geology Graduate Program

The Department of Geology awards Master of Science (M.S.) degrees, which prepares students for a variety of geoscience careers. This degree program, usually completed in two years, requires coursework, a research project and thesis. Information about the geology Master's Degree program can also be found in the Masters Program Profile.

M.S. in Geology Required Coursework

Geology has many sub disciplines, and the department tailors each student’s curriculum to the needs and interests of the individual. There is no departmental core curriculum.

Required credit hours:

  • 30 credits, with at least 50% of coursework for the master’s degree taken at 700 level or above

Required Courses:

  • GEOL 791: Graduate Student Professional Skills and Ethics (2 credits, see below)
  • GEOL 899: Master’s Thesis.  6 credit hours for thesis research may count towards the degree.


The Department of Geology offers a 2-credit training course, GEOL 791: Graduate Student Professional Skills and Ethics, during the fall semester each year, which is required for every student in their first year of graduate studies.


Please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor, Cicily Corder, with any questions about degree requirements, policies, and procedures.

Cicily Corder
Graduate Academic Advisor

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
Complete the online form to be considered for the scholarship award.