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Geology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Department of Geology at the University of Cincinnati has strong research groups in paleontology (paleontology and evolutionary paleoecology; our program is ranked 6th in the nation), Quaternary geology and geomorphology (glacial geology, Quaternary geochronology, fluvial and slope processes, desert geomorphology, and tectonic geomorphology), sedimentology and stratigraphy (sequence stratigraphy, geology of shales, and geochemical records of Earth history), tectonics (mountain building and volcanism), environmental geology (groundwater studies and landslide and seismic hazard mitigation), and biogeochemistry and global change (carbon cycling, isotope geochemistry, and impacts of climate change). 

The goal of the Department of Geology is to produce well-rounded graduate students who not only take part in advanced research, but also gain extensive field, laboratory, and teaching experience. The department and the University of Cincinnati provide financial support on an academic year and summer basis for most graduate students in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, tuition scholarships, endowed fellowships, and external grants to aid students in achieving their goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Research
  • General Coursework
  • Geology Colloquium
  • Master's Thesis Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test 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.

General Requirements

  • Online application for admission.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.  Recommenders are notified once the online application is submitted.  Recommenders upload letters directly to the online application.
  • Unofficial transcripts from major universities attended.  Unofficial transcripts are to be downloaded to the online application.  Official transcripts are necessary only if accepted into the program. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6395 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6395 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6395 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6395 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Cincinnati

  • 1000 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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