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Geology and Geophysics

Missouri University of Science and Technology

12 months
29298 USD/year
27580 USD/year
8864 USD/year
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Graduate work in Geology and Geophysics at Missouri University of Science and Technology is offered at both the master of science (thesis and non-thesis) and doctoral levels. Programs are designed to provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals and principles of geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. 

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Research emphasis of the Geology and Geophysics program is in:

  • Low Temperature and Environmental Geochemistry
  • Mineralogy/Petrology/Economic Geology
  • Geophysics/Tectonics/Remote Sensing
  • Sedimentology/Paleontology/Stratigraphy/Petroleum Exploration

In geology and geochemistry, opportunities for research at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are available in mining geology, petroleum geology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, geochemistry, clay mineralogy, remote sensing, GIS, palynology, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and volcanology.

In geophysics, opportunities for research at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are available in the areas of reflection and refraction seismology, theoretical seismology, geophysical data analysis, gravity, magnetics, seismic hazards, and computational geophysics.

The study of the Earth and other planets includes all areas of scientific inquiry. To work effectively in so broad a discipline requires considerable depth and breadth of understanding of physical principles and advanced proficiency in mathematics, particularly for those students contemplating advanced studies in geophysics. A thorough undergraduate training in an earth or physical science is ordinarily regarded as necessary prerequisite for advanced study in geology or geophysics.

Earth sciences have been an integral part of the university since its founding. The program has a long and proud history of faculty and students who have contributed to the advancement of the science and to mineral and hydrocarbon exploration. The university was formerly the Missouri School of Mines. Because of the school’s tradition and location near the Missouri Lead District the emphasis of the program has been in hard rock exploration. The program has now expanded to include geochemistry, geophysics, and soft rock geology. Our graduates find employment in mining, environmental, and petroleum industries. It is our intention to provide the student with a sufficiently diverse and complete education that he or she may seek employment in any area of the earth sciences.

The program has a wide variety of equipment for research and exploration in geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. In addition to its own facilities, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Geological Survey’s mid-continent mapping division are also located in Rolla. Cooperative research with other departments within the university or other campuses of the University of Missouri may be undertaken by our faculty and graduate students. Interaction with mining engineering, geological engineering, petroleum engineering, metallurgy, environmental engineering, biological sciences and various other programs/departments is routine. 


It is the policy of the Missouri University of Science and Technology to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status; to prohibit discrimination in recruitment, employment or conditions of employment, including salary and benefits related thereto; to promote employment opportunity and to take affirmative action in this regard.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Oral Examination
  • Advanced Physical Geology
  • Advanced Historical Geology
  • Depositional Systems
  • Advanced Geochemistry
  • Applied Petroleum Geology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Coal Petrology
  • Granites And Rhyolites
  • Advanced Stratigraphy and Basin Evolution

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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General requirements

  • A submitted online application
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (in English) from all colleges and universities attended. All unofficial copies of transcripts and scores can be uploaded to your online application for S&T to review. Upon arrival on campus, you must request that an official copy of your transcript(s) to be sent to us directly from your previous university’s registrar's office and all official scores reported directly from the respective testing agency. Once we receive the official documents, we will verify them. If there are any discrepancies between the unofficial documents you submitted, Missouri S&T will withdraw your admission and you will not be allowed to apply to S&T in the future.
  • A statement of purpose
  • A resume or curriculum vitae

Tuition Fee

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    29298 USD/year
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  • National

    27580 USD/year
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  • In-State

    8864 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8864 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Missouri City

1036 - 1920 USD /month
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