Geosciences, M.S., Geology Concentration

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program with a Geology concentration offers a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professional careers. Thesis and capstone option programs are offered. Research efforts are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology and geoinformatics.

The Department of Geosciences is distinctive because it spans the social and physical dimensions of environmental and resource issues, with a special focus on urban communities.

Our faculty have expertise in the social and environmental dimensions of water, environmental geochemistry and global climate change. We are also expanding our Geographic Information Science research and teaching to better represent and describe the complexity of social and environmental concerns.

Joining forces with our students and community partners, we tackle the interrelated environmental and social challenges of the 21st century that involve the quality, quantity and sustainable use of our natural resources.

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Application Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geosciences has the following admission requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterheads from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work.
  • A statement (approximately 500 to 1500 words) of educational, research, and career goals, where the applicants indicate their desired area of specialization, faculty members they would be interested in working with, and if they have made preliminary contact with that faculty member.
  • Brief (not more than 250 words) rationale explaining preference for thesis or capstone track.

In addition to the above departmental requirements that apply to all applicants, concentration-specific requirements are outlined below.

Additional Admission Requirements – Geology Concentration

  1. A bachelor’s degree in geology, earth sciences, engineering or a related field.
  2. Foundational coursework: These courses are normally expected to have been completed as part of the applicant’s undergraduate education and completed with a grade of C or higher. However, students who are otherwise qualified may be accepted under Special Status, with the condition that this coursework is completed as part of their graduate study:
    • Minimum one semesters of calculus
    • Minimum one semester of physics
    • Minimum one semesters of chemistry
    • Minimum of two semesters of introductory geology or equivalent training
  3. For students seeking traditional disciplinary training in the field of Geology, who have aspirations of seeking Professional Geologist certification to work for a state or federal government, or for certain career pathways in industry, supplemental foundational coursework should include that listed below.  Note that these courses are in addition to the foundational courses outlined above in Section 2, and are also expected to have been completed as part of the applicant’s undergraduate education with a grade of C or higher. However, students who are otherwise qualified may be accepted under Special Status, with the condition that this coursework is completed as part of their graduate study. During the application process, prospective students can indicate their primary interests in their statement of goals and interests.  The graduate-admissions committee can then evaluate the students’ undergraduate coursework in light of their stated interests:
    • Minimum of one additional semester of calculus and/or statistics (2 semesters total)
    • Minimum of one additional semester of chemistry (2 semesters total)
    • Minimum of four additional courses of upper-level geology or equivalent training
    • Minimum of one semester of a field course in geology or equivalent training

Review the general requirements for applying to Graduate School at Georgia State.

The M.S. degree program with a Geology concentration in the Department of Geosciences offers a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professionals careers. Both thesis and non-thesis option programs are offered.

Research efforts in either thesis or capstone projects are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics.

For more details about the required coursework, consult the course catalog.

The department offers teaching assistantships to qualified applicants. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about research assistantship opportunities with faculty who match their research interests.

This customizable, interdisciplinary degree program allows students to develop quantitative and computational skills as they apply to a range of topics within geology including geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics.