Examples of Possible Careers*
Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary
- 1.9% slower than the average
- 13,100 number of jobs
- $94,520 potential earnings
Geological and hydrologic technicians
- 5.5% faster than the average
- 19,000 number of jobs
- $50,630 potential earnings
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers
- 4.9% about as fast as the average
- 31,800 number of jobs
- $93,580 potential earnings
- 5.3% faster than the average
- 7,000 number of jobs
- $84,040 potential earnings
Natural sciences managers
- 4.8% about as fast as the average
- 71,400 number of jobs
- $137,940 potential earnings
Source of occupation titles and labor data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
The Master of Science degree in Geology provides qualified students the opportunity for advanced study in a wide variety of geologic fields. Focus areas include environmental research (water, surface and subsurface processes; geohazards; and natural resources), as well as evolution of earth's systems research (climate change, paleoecology and evolution, crustal processes).
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
- Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score
For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Show in-depth comprehension of several areas, including both basic and applied aspects of geology/earth sciences.
- Formulate testable scientific hypotheses and carry out independent research using appropriate field, experimental, analytical and/or computational methods.
- Describe, synthesize and interpret the results of a scientific investigation, and understand its broader applications.