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Geology, M.A./M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Corvallis, OR, United States
Geology at Oregon State University is the study of the materials, processes, and history of the solid Earth and its fluid envelopes. Geology is an integrative field, drawing on mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology to understand the interactions of the lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere.

Overview

Studies in geology at Oregon State University commonly combine observations and measurements from field, laboratory, and computational studies. Geology plays an important role in decisions about resource use, slope stability and the safety of building projects, natural hazards standards, mineral exploration and extraction, the basic workings of the Earth, and the understanding of the effects and rates of natural and human-induced change in the environment.

Most graduate research in the geology program includes field study. An approved field course of at least 9 quarter credits or equivalent experience is prerequisite to candidacy for a graduate degree. No foreign language is required.

Students who seek training in a combination of field and laboratory techniques applying a variety of scientific problems will find very few places with the number of opportunities or the variety of facilities that are available at Oregon State. Research in the department falls under three broad areas: Solid Earth Processes and History; Surface Earth Processes and History; and Human Interaction with the Earth.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Glacial geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • Structural geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Igneous petrology
  • Neotonics
  • Paleoclimate
  • Volcanology
  • Mineral deposit geology
  • Marine Geology

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

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree
  • Academic Records/Transcripts 
  • Test Scores
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Financial Documentation (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5550 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5550 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    5748 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2874 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Corvallis

  • 1397 - 2490 USD/month
    Living Costs

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