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Master On Campus


Portland State University

24 months
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
444 USD/credit 9990 USD/year
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The Department of Geology at Portland State University offers programs leading to a graduate certificate, the Master of Arts or Master of Science in geology, an option in geohydrology, the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Teaching, and to the Ph.D. degree in the School of the Environment. 

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The M.A./M.S. program is designed to train geology students beyond the baccalaureate degree for professional employment or for advanced graduate work. The M.A.T./M.S.T. program is offered for teachers in secondary schools and community colleges.

About the school 

Geology is in the School of the Environment and participates in the Earth, Environment, & Society Doctoral Program. Specialized studies in hydrogeology, geomicrobiology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomechanics, glaciology, and applied stratigraphy, along with multidisciplinary environmental science courses and seminars, will partially fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D.

Geology is the study of Earth and other planetary bodies; their composition, structure, and evolution. The Portland State University Geology Department excels at both teaching and research, partnering with local businesses, government, regional universities and K-12 schools. We are situated in the Pacific Northwest, a dynamic geologic environment. We capitalize on our unique location and the diversity of our faculty and student body.

A founding member of the School of Environment, the Department offers programs leading to bachelor's degrees in Geology and Earth Science, as well as graduate master’s and Ph.D. degrees with focused research; MAT and MST degrees for teachers in secondary schools and community colleges; graduate certificates in hydrogeology, engineering and environmental geology for professional development; and minors in Computer Applications, Environmental Geology, and Space and Planetary Science.

Active research covers diverse topics including basin analysis, geochemistry, geomechanics, geomorphology, geothermal, glaciology, hydrogeology, mantle dynamics, meteorites, paleoseismology, STEM education, structural and igneous petrology, tectonics, and volcanology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mineralogy
  • Processes in the Surface Environment
  • Computer Applications and Information Technology
  • Numerical Modeling of Earth Systems
  • Stratigraphy 
  • Field Methods in Geosciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit your application and $50 USD application fee online.
  • Submit all high school transcripts/grades/records along with your graduation certificate/diploma/exam results or certificate(s).
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s minimum requirements if you wish to enter university level coursework upon admission.
  • Fill out the Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form and mail or submit it online to PSU.
  • Submit Financial Documentation for I-20 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
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