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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

As little as five years

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.


Geosciences B.A./M.S. and B.S./M.S.

Program Director
Dr. Sarah Ledford
[email protected]

Georgia State University students can fast-track their education and save money on tuition by earning bachelor's and master's degrees in geosciences in as little as five years.

Students can choose from a B.A. or B.S. program, enrolling in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program that count toward both the bachelor’s and M.S. in Geosciences degree. Students in the 4+1 "Dual Degree" program can choose from a wide range of areas of study to match their interests and career goals:

  • Bachelor of Arts concentrations are offered in geography and urban studies.
  • Bachelor of Sciences concentrations are offered in geology, environmental geosciences, geography and urban studies.
  • The Master of Science program offers concentrations in geography, geology and water sciences.

The Department of Geosciences includes a diverse faculty of scholars from the disciplines of geography, geology and hydrology. Research clusters in the department investigate pressing urban environmental issues, including water, from water governance to water quality and quantity, climate change and quantity, geochemical processes, and geographical information systems and informatics.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

Find out more about applying

International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

Learn more about the application process

Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Dual-Degree Program Eligibility

The Dual Degree programs in Geosciences are available to undergraduate majors who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students may apply at any time once they have taken between 30-80 credit hours.

Email [email protected] to discuss eligibility. If eligible, you’ll be provided the dual-degree program electronic application to fill out. Decisions are typically emailed within 10 business days.

Students accepted into dual undergraduate/graduate programs must work with the program graduate director each term to develop a plan for taking graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier for specific programs) while still completing their final semesters of bachelor’s work.

Acceptance into the dual-degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate degree program. Admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year of undergraduate study and is contingent upon 1) successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, 2) performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree, and 3) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

Dual Degree enrollment provides a range of benefits including the waiving of the GRE requirement and a graduate admission application fee when applying to the graduate program. Learn more about our dual degree program.


Program Progression

  1. Submit the dual-degree program application to Rene Mondy. She will then confirm your acceptance.
  2. Once accepted, each semester you will meet with the director of the deosciences dual-degree program to select courses. You will need to fill our the Graduate Course Approval Form while completing  the B.A./B.S. portion of the program.
  3. In your last year of undergrad, you will need to apply to graduate from the B.A. or B.S. portion of the program. You will also apply to the M.S. portion of the program. See Rene Mondy or Dr. Richard Milligan to discuss these steps.
  4. Upon matriculating in the M.S. program, you will engage with a faculty mentor and complete graduate coursework.
  5. A semester before completing M.S. degree requirements, you will need to apply to graduate from the M.S. portion of the program.

For more details, see the course catalog.

  • Students completing graduate coursework while an undergraduate will pay the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Dual-degree students accepted into the M.S. program will be able to compete for Graduate Assistantships which come with tuition waivers for graduate program enrollment.
  • You waive the M.S. application fee.
  • Two courses count toward your undergraduate degree and your graduate degree (double credits).

The department offers two endowed scholarships for undergraduate majors: the Ernest Fritz Memorial Field Camp Endowment and the David E. Ogren Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

For general tuition information, check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

High-achieving undergraduate students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s in five years, developing skills that are in demand in a wide range of workplaces. Students will also have a strong foundation in qualitative and quantitative skills that would allow them to pursue additional graduate-level study.

How to Register for Graduate Courses for Dual-Degree Program Students

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your graduation plans and to review your reminding degree requirements. Click here for information about how to make an appointment with them.
  2. Meet with your dual degree faculty coordinator or his/her designee to discuss your progression in the dual degree program and graduate course enrollment options. View available course offerings by clicking here.
  3. If you plan to take a graduate course in the next upcoming term, fill out the Graduate Course Approval Form and email it to [email protected].
  4. Register for the graduate course once you receive an email confirming your authorization. Review your academic evaluation to see where the graduate course counts. If you have questions about where your graduate course is counting on your academic evaluation, email your concerns to [email protected].



Our students graduate with useful skills and sharpened minds prepared to tackle important problems in society. Career opportunities include:

  • Conservationists
  • Cartographers
  • City/regional planners
  • Environmental consultants
  • Environmental managers or regulators
  • Historic preservationists
  • Energy industry positions (coal, oil, natural gas)
  • Mining
  • Licensed professional geologist
  • Water resources specialists
  • GIS technologists
  • Government agency managers
  • Non-profit sector positions
  • Educators


Department of Geosciences
Langdale Hall
Suite 730
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

Program Director
Dr. Sarah Ledford
[email protected]

Undergraduate Advisement
Dr. Christy Visaggi
[email protected]

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.