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Geology​ Master's Degree

Master of Science (MS) in Geology Program in Texas

Students who pursue graduate studies in Geology at UT Permian Basin benefit from the outstanding natural laboratory of West Texas. In the Master’s of Science program, you will achieve mastery of the fundamentals in geology at a professional level. You will also broaden your background to pursue a career in any of the geoscience subdisciplines. You will be prepared to enter and succeed in the work force or pursue doctoral level training and research.

Graduate Geology Program Admission Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology or equivalent geoscience from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree (foreign transcripts unable to be converted will be reviewed by program head)
  • GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical reasoning at 50% percentile or above in each category

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology or equivalent geoscience from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical reasoning above the 50% percentile in each category
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • A 3.0 average or above in all Geology courses

M.S. in Geology Non-Thesis Degree Requirements

  • The Non-Thesis Option does not require any credit hours of original research. 
  • Students electing this option need to complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate level courses in geosciences. 
  • A Non-Thesis student may transfer to the Thesis option provided that they fulfill all the requirements needed for the M.S. in Geology Thesis Degree. 

M.S. in Geology Thesis Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete at least 30 semester credit hours in geology and supporting fields.
  • Six semester credit hours of original research resulting in a thesis is required.
  • After final approval of the thesis by the graduate committee, the student must present a seminar on the thesis and defend its conclusions orally to the general faculty and representatives of the Graduate Studies Office.

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