University of Maryland

24 months
39000 USD/year
39000 USD/year
17544 USD/year
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The Department of Geology offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at University of Maryland. On a full time basis, the M.S. normally requires two to three years of work, which includes courses, the completion of an M.S. research thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis. 


Our students in the Geology program at University of Maryland are required to engage in independent and original research under a mentoring program that promotes creative thinking. This is most commonly achieved via the collaboration between students and faculty in ongoing research programs. 

Geology is concerned with the Earth, its origin and evolution and the origin of life, and the processes by which Earth’s atmosphere, surface and interior have been and continue to be modified. To pursue these topics we have developed research strengths in four themes: Geochemistry, which involves investigations of low- to high-temperature processes operating from Earth’s surface to it’s core and within the Solar System; Solid Earth Science, which is the study of the minerals, rocks, and structures that constitute Earth, and the tectonic and other processes by which they are formed and altered; Surficial Processes and Environments, which involves the study of active and past fluxes (and reservoirs) of water, dissolved components, and sediment on Earth’s surface and the interactions of these fluxes with the biosphere and atmosphere; and, Geophysics, which includes investigations of Earth’s interior structure and dynamics, as well as planetary physics. These areas are not mutually exclusive, and students are encouraged to develop a program that suits their interests. Developing areas within the Department include planetary geology and forensics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geology of the Terrestrial Planets
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Global Climate Change: Past and Present
  • Engineering Geology
  • Seismology
  • Economic Geology
  • Geology and Geophysics of the Terrestrial Planets
  • Advanced Structural Geology
  • Engineering and Environmental Geology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript(s)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    39000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    17544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8772 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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