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Graduate Degrees

We offer several graduate degrees within the broad field of Geosciences.  Formal degree learning outcomes and requirements can be found in the Gradate College online catalog under the Geosciences link.  M.S and Ph.D. degrees require completion of a prescribed course of study in the specific field, and completion of original research that leads to a thesis or dissertation under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The M. Earth Science degree is a course-based program that does not require a thesis or dissertation. Interested students are encouraged to potential faculty advisors prior to applying to the program.

Our Graduate Student Handbook contains information for each program.

For information, questions and applying, click on this link.

M.S. and Ph.D. Geoscience degrees are flexible degrees that allow students to pursue coursework and research in broad disciplines that may not fall within other degrees. A Geology emphasis can be earned within the MS degree by following a prescribed set of courses. The Geology emphasis focuses on the physical and chemical properties of the solid earth and the processes responsible for its origin and evolution.

M.S. and Ph.D. Geophysics degrees focus on the integration of geoscience, mathematics, and physics to understand Earth’s properties.

M.S. Hydrologic Science focuses on the understanding the movement and occurrence of water in the environment, and the interaction of water with geological, biological, and human systems.

M. Earth Science is a professional course-based degree with emphasis areas in hydrology, geology, and geophysics that does not require a thesis. Advanced courses and a portfolio prepare students to enter the workforce at a higher level than what can typically be achieved with a B.S degree.