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Geological Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Active research in the School covers a wide variety of disciplines under the direction of an extraordinary faculty. Financial support is available to a number of students each year in the form of instructional (IA) and research (RA) assistantships, the Stephen F. Taber Fellowship, as well as external and university-wide fellowships.

The Master of Science degree program prepares students for professional careers in industry and government, or for the pursuit of further graduate degrees in the fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry and marine science. A written thesis or peer-reviewed manuscript is required for students seeking a M.S. degree. M.S. students are expected to conduct scientific research under the supervision of an advisor, and to have a basic understanding of the fundamental principles and practices related to the primary area of their study.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the principles of the primary areas of the Earth sciences and demonstrate their facility for advanced study in their chosen specialized areas.
  • Students will learn the scientific method and use it to gain knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate their proficiency in the use of laboratory, computational and field equipment and have problem-solving skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Solid Earth - Internal Earth Processes
  • Regional Tectonics 
  • Hydrologic and Ocean Sciences - Paleoclimatology
  • Groundwater Geology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Data Analysis - Environmental Measurement and Analysis
  • Analysis of Geologic Data 
  • Oceanographic Time Series Analysis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Required Documents
  • Statement of Purpose: a 200-300 word essay, explaining your research interests in Geological Science, your professional goals and your current plans for fulfilling your goals.
  • Resume / CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or other professionals in the field
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) transcript(s)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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