M.Sc. On Campus

Geological Sciences

Arizona State University

12 months
25200 USD/year
23544 USD/year
11720 USD/year
Tuition fee
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With the Geological Sciences MSc degree 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.


The Geological Sciences MSc degree 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.

Career Opportunities

Professionals with expertise in geological sciences are in high demand across sectors and industries, including remote sensing, natural resource management, data science, economic geology (oil and mining industries), environmental consulting, hazard and risk assessment, geophysics, and planetary science. Coding and numerical modeling skills translate across many domains, even beyond geosciences. Skills in the measurement and analysis of data related to the physics, chemistry and structures of the Earth and of planetary systems are valuable to businesses and institutions relying on data-driven strategies to interact with the planet and explore beyond the Earth.

Career examples include:

  • data scientist
  • environmental consultant
  • GIS or mapping specialist
  • materials analyst
  • planetary scientist
  • research geologist

Some students go onto doctoral programs in the field of geological sciences.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25200 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23544 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11720 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tempe Junction

900 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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