Michigan Technological University

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19133 USD/year
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Departmental research activities span from fundamental and precise laboratory studies of rocks and minerals to field studies in remote and rugged locations to high-performance computing and subsurface visualization.

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Fast Facts

  • Research funding averages nearly $3 million per year.
  • The nation's only geoscience/engineering master's program partnered with the US Peace Corps offering a Peace Corps Master's International program in Natural Hazard Mitigation.
  • We offer a rare international perspective on geoscience through our INVOGE (International Geological Master's in Volcanology & Geotechniques) program, which offers broad-based training in volcanology and geotechniques as well as a year spent studying abroad in France or Italy.
  • The Earth Magnetism Laboratory features a magnetically shielded room and the equipment needed for paleomagnetism studies
  • Researchers in our Subsurface Visualization Lab help companies extract oil from abandoned or nearly abandoned fields, enhancing US energy independence.

Faculty members are involved in domestic and international field studies including:

  • Seismic petrophysics for exploration and reservoir characterization
  • Seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
  • Mantle and crustal-scale seismic tomography
  • Magnetic susceptibility and paleointensity of rock formations in Australia, India and Brazil
  • Paleomagnetic studies of the Keweenaw/Midcontinent Rift Volcanics

The geophysics program is highly quantitative, requiring a firm background in mathematics and physics. Students will study the earth through physical measurements, employing theory, laboratory and/or field experimentation, and modeling. Graduates of the program will have broad training in geophysics and develop expertise in one or more of the following specialties:

  • geomagnetism
  • earthquake seismology
  • exploration seismology
  • volcano seismology

Research activities include development of complex computational models of earth systems, laboratory experiments analyzing earth material phenomena, analysis of remote sensing data, and field measurements of volcanologic, hydrologic, and petroleum systems.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Planetary Geology and Geophysics
  • Global Geophysics and Geotectonics
  • Special Topics in Geophysics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission Requirements:
Program SpecificGRE (waived for INVOGE's who are hosted by MTU)3 Letters of RecommendationAdmitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scaleInternational StudentsTOEFL: Recommended score of 79 iBTIELTS: Recommended Overall Band Score of 6.5Program Required DocumentsRésumé / Curriculum vitaeWriting SamplePrerequisite CoursesPrevious Degree in a Specified Field

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19133 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19133 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    19133 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19133 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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