24 months
25160 USD/year
18870 USD/year
12580 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Get your hands dirty and gain invaluable field experience as you prepare for your geoscience career. Take your research to the field with the Geology program from University of North Dakota.


As a graduate student in the University of North Dakota's Geology program, the classroom is just the start. Our master's programs encourages hands-on experience in the field, ensuring that you have the skills employers look for. And when you're back on campus, you'll have access to state-of-the-art labs and facilities that will help you convert your findings into knowledge.

Why Study Geology at University of North Dakota?

Our close-knit Geology program offers you the opportunity to conduct research advancing theoretical and applied science while learning alongside committed, caring faculty. The M.A. in geology is geared toward students with a background in the liberal arts as they prepare for careers in geoscience-related areas. (If you're considering a Ph.D., take a look at our M.S. in Geology.) Areas of research emphasis include:

  • Applied geology, such as hydrology and environmental, economic and petroleum geology.
  • Sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleontology.
  • Geomorphology and glacial geology.
  • Petrology and geochemistry.
  • Geophysics and tectonics.
  • And interdisciplinary geological projects involving several research areas, including integrated basin analysis, surface mining and reclamation, and underground coal gasification.

Programme Structure

  • Students must complete a program of study that includes a minimum of 30 credit hours, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  • At least 15 credit hours must be for classes at or above the 500-level.
  • A maximum of 7 credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  • Up to 12 credit hours of 300-400 level coursework in geology may be taken for graduate credit.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For admission to the geology M.A. program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in geology from an accredited college or university
  • Applicants may be admitted under "provisional" or "qualified" status, but to advance to "approved" status, they must have completed 5 to 6 credit hours of geology field course
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their GRE score to support their application
  • Applicants must satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog
  • For a Master of Arts degree, students must complete two or more semesters of calculus while an undergraduate or graduate student

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25160 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    18870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18870 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12580 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Minnesota residents: 15,977.04 USD per year

Living costs for Grand Forks

1000 - 2180 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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