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Geosciences, M.Sc.

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University rank #401 (WUR) , WI,
The Department of Geosciences offers graduate work emphasizing applied aspects of the hydrologic, geological, and geophysical sciences. The geological sciences concentration prepares students for careers in such areas as engineering and environmental geology, hydrogeology, geophysical exploration, mining and petroleum geology.


The M.S. degree program trains students equally for professional practice and continued graduate study. The typical course of study takes two years to complete. The Ph.D. degree program, with interwoven components in lithospheric and hydrospheric science, is problem oriented rather than specialty oriented: this program is designed to produce scholars and practitioners capable of applying their training to achieve sound and pragmatic solutions to real problems in the earth sciences. Students in the doctoral program will normally spend a minimum of two years of formal coursework, not including dissertation research.

The Department has a variety of geological and geophysical field equipment including a drill rig, portable water sampling and analytical systems, and marine and land-based seismic and electrical resistivity systems. In addition, the Department maintains the following equipment directly or through its association with the UWM Center for Great Lakes Studies: x-ray diffractometer and spectrometer, atomic absorption unit, gas and ion chromatographs, liquid scintillation counter, cold region environmental chambers, operating well field, seismograph, Paleomagnetics laboratory, and recirculating flume.

Supporting facilities in the University include a computing center, scanning electron microscope, a cartographic laboratory, the Saukville Field Station 50 km north of the campus, the Center for Great Lakes Studies, and the Urban Research Center.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  • Water Quality
  • General Soil Science
  • Geology for In-Service Teachers: (Subtitled)
  • Process Geomorphology
  • History of Geologic Thought
  • Geochemical Thermodynamics
  • Glacial and Pleistocene Geology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physical Hydrogeology
  • Chemical Hydrogeology
  • Study Abroad: (Subtitled)
  • Phanerozoic Evolutionary Trends
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • Physical Sedimentology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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).

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General Requirements

Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Undergraduate preparation consisting of one year each of: college chemistry, college physics, and calculus; one summer of field training in geology for students majoring in geology.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General Test).

Applicants may be admitted with specific program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses.

Tuition Fee

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    24898 USD/year
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    24898 USD/year
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  • In-State

    11861 USD/year
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