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Geological Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Tempe Junction, AZ, United States
With the MSc degree in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University students can work with faculty and researchers in NASA- and NSF-funded labs and projects in the field on all seven continents on Earth.
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Overview

The MS program in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University is designed to provide fundamental graduate training in geology. Students are encouraged to cross subject boundaries and pursue new understandings of Earth and the solar system.

Graduates of the program are prepared for further graduate study or for careers in geochemistry, geology, geophysics, planetary geology, hydrology and related areas.

Programme Structure

Thesis topics for the MS in Geological Sciences may include (but are not limited to):

  • Astrobiology
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Geodynamics
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Geoscience Education
  • Hydrology
  • Mineralogy
  • Mineral physics
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology
  • Planetary geology
  • Seismology
  • Structural geology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Tectonics
  • Volcanology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    6.5

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    80

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    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admissions application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • statement of purpose
  • GRE scores
  • three letters of recommendation
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23544 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11720 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tempe Junction

  • 900 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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