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Geosciences, M.Sc.

Geosciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #401 (WUR) , GA,
Beginning in Fall 2012, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Geosciences with thesis and non-thesis options will be offered. The degree will have concentrations in Geography and Geology. Students seeking this degree can have areas of focus such as environmental geosciences, geographic information science, geology, and urban studies. 


The Department offers the Master of Science in Geosciences with a Geography concentration. Students seeking this degree and concentration are offered a broad range of courses that prepare students for research and professionals careers. Areas of specialization include: urban studies, geospatial technologies, or physical geography/environmental studies. Further information concerning specific courses applicable to each of these specializations is available in the departmental publication, Guide to Graduate Studies in Geosciences, which may be obtained from the department.

The Master of Science (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. The non-thesis option is normally selected within the first year of study. Research efforts are in the following broad areas: geochemistry (analytical, aqueous, environmental, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary), mineralogy, hydrogeology, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, and geoinformatics. Thirty-six hours are required for completion of this degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Topics in Physical and Historical Geology
  • Aqueous Geochemistry
  • Geology of Georgia
  • Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Topics in Geological Sciences
  • Digital Cartography
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Methods of Geographic Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

Documents required:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (international applicants only)
  • Statement of Purpose

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              1555 USD/credit
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 1555 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
            • National Applies to you

              694 USD/credit
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 694 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
            • Tuition fee per credit hour

            Living costs for Atlanta

            • 1213 - 2210 USD/month
              Living Costs

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