University of Oklahoma

24 months
40936 USD/year
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The Master of Science degree programs in geology and Geophysics  offered at the University of Oklahoma are intended primarily for those students who plan careers in the petroleum industry, minerals industry, environmental- and hydrogeologic-related businesses, and with state and federal government agencies.


About the Geophysics programme offered at the University of Oklahoma

Traditionally, this degree level has been favored for professional-level work. The Master of Science degrees in geology and geophysics each are comprised of 26 hours of graduate credits and four hours of thesis credit.

Each candidate for the Master of Science degree in geology is required to complete one course in three of the following core areas: geochemistry, geophysics, igneous/metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy- paleontology, sedimentary petrology/sedimentology, and structural geology. 

In addition, the student is required to complete one approved course (carrying graduate credit) outside geology in science, mathematics or engineering; approval for this outside course must be given by the student's major professor.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Environmental and Geotechnical Geophysics
  • Seismic Exploration
  • Rock Physics for Seismic Applications
  • Advanced Field Geophysics
  • Computational Geosciences
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Introduction to Seismic Processing
  • Introduction to Seismic Stratigraphy
  • Solid Earth Geophysics
  • Tectonophysics
  • Gravimetric and Magnetic Exploration
  • Near-Surface Geophysical Imaging
  • Advanced Seismic
  • Exploration
  • Advanced Seismic Processing
  • Advanced Stratigraphy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate and any Graduate Transcripts: the ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics requires applications have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE Results (Graduate Record Exam), baseline requirements 31% verbal and 36% quantitative  
  • TOEFL Scores (this requirement is for international students whose first language is not English)
  • Office of Graduate Admissions: English Proficiency Requirements
  •  Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (ideally from professors that know your performance in an academic setting)
  • Information on academic accomplishments, research experience, presentations, and publications.
  • Resume or CV (include cumulative GPA)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20468 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • Resident - 18 credits hours: $6,946
  • Non-Resident - 18 credits hours: $16,831


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