Geology, M.S.

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Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 30

Program Code: M475

  • This degree is Thesis Only.

Required Courses

GEOL 5001Topics in Geosciences1
Core Courses
Choose one letter-graded graduate-level course in three of the following seven "Core" areas:9
Sedimentary Geology
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Structural Geology
Choose three hours of letter-graded graduate credit science, math or engineering courses (outside of geology and geophysics) as approved by the student’s thesis committee3
GEOL 5980Research for Master's Thesis4
General Geology
Choose 13 hours of graduate coursework with advisor approval before enrolling in these courses. At least one course must be letter-graded.13
Total Credit Hours30


Students must take 5 letter-graded courses. This means at least one course in addition to the Core and Science/Math/Engineering requirements must be letter-graded.

At least 14 hours (excluding thesis hours) must be in 5000 or 6000- level courses. Per course prerequisite, GEOL 6970 maximum is 20 credit hours.

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 30 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.