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The general focus of the Geoscience program from University of North Carolina Wilmington is the development of professionals capable of conducting research in geoscience through broadly-based study of modern Earth and ocean processes and their ancient analogs.

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The Geoscience program from University of North Carolina Wilmington includes both a thesis and non-thesis option, both of which provide a foundation for employment in the geological, geospatial technology, and environmental fields, mineral and energy industries, and government agencies. 

In addition, the thesis option prepares students for advanced study leading to the doctoral degree while the non-thesis option provides a foundation for employment as entry-level professional geoscientists. Completion of the non-thesis option with a geology concentration assists students toward professional licensure in geology.

Specific goals of the program are to provide advanced research and educational opportunities in the geosciences, and to prepare geoscientists for solving contemporary problems in Earth, ocean and environmental science. 

Specific objectives are: 

  • to develop research competence in geoscience; 
  • to develop professional competence in the assessment of water, energy and mineral resource potentials through the integrated analysis of geological and geographical data using advanced technologies; 
  • to develop a level of research competence in geoscience that encourages continued effort towards the doctoral degree; and, 
  • to provide the scientific community with meaningful geologic, geographic, and oceanographic data.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Geoscience
  • Technical Communication in Geoscience
  • Advanced Field Methods
  •  Directed Independent Study
  • Topics in Geoscience
  • Research Seminar

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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General requirements

  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Getting Started page for international transcript instructions.
  • GRE General Test
  • 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application
Additional Requirements
  • Applicants must contact faculty in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences with whom they would like to work.
  • Research Essay - Describe your areas of interest and indicate how the completion of the M.S. in Geoscience will help you to reach your career goals. 
  • Teaching Assistantship Essay - (if you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship) 

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    4720 USD/year
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