The University of Toledo

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
24648 USD/year
24648 USD/year
14046 USD/year
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The research-based Geology program of The University of Toledo combines practical skills and academic knowledge.


The graduate students of the Geology program of The University of Toledo learn to assess, understand and solve geology-related problems. They choose a thesis or non-thesis track and:

  • Receive personalized training in a variety of near-surface geophysical methods with state-of-the-art equipment 
  • Develop desirable skills in GIS, remote sensing and sediment coring 
  • Learn to collect and analyze data to solve problems 
The master's degree program faculty has expertise in Quaternary geology and water resources, with an emphasis on environmental geology. Our program focuses on near-surface geology, emphasizing:
  • Coastal geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Glacial geology and geomorphology
  • Water resources
  • Quaternary geology

Geology Master Degree Highlights

High job-placement rate. There is a growing demand for UToledo geology students by state geological surveys in the Midwest. Most of our geology master's students are employed by the time they graduate. 

State-of-the-art tools. UT graduate students in geology have access to the latest equipment, including: 

  • Geophysical equipment to investigate shallow, sub-surface stratigraphy on land and water 
  • Coring equipment from land, water and ice platforms 
  • Fleet of drones to complement more traditional remote-sensing and GIS methods 

A rich, natural laboratory. The region around UT offers abundant natural sites that allow our master's students to study: 

  • Geologic history of natural areas
  • Mine subsidence
  • Formation and history of sand dunes around the Great Lakes
  • Watershed modelling of runoff and nutrient loading in Lake Erie
  • Deglacial history and formation of the Great Lakes basins
  • Groundwater flow patterns in aquifers feeding wet prairies

Teamwork. Geology students get a holistic understanding of unique ecological areas. They work on interdisciplinary projects with UToledo ecologists who also are part of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Master's candidates study groundwater/surface-water interactions and use geophysical and remote-sensing techniques to map ecological regions. 

Regional partnerships. Our graduate students benefit from our collaboration with experts from the Ohio, Michigan and Indiana geological surveys, who assist with field experiments.  

Competitive funding. UToledo geology graduate students can apply for research grants and teaching assistantships (minimum $17,500/year). 

Career Opportunities

During the past 10 years, nearly all UToledo master's students in geology have been employed within six months of defending their theses. Many found positions even before they graduated, working for geological surveys, city governments and environmental consulting firms.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Physical Geology
  • Down to Earth
  • Fundamentals of Geology
  • Climate Change
  • Earth History
  • Evolution

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four-year Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university required for
  • GRE Requirement
  • In addition to the official, final transcripts, you must also provide official certified, or attested copies of all graduation certificates, diplomas or degree certificates needed to fulfill your admission
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/Duolingo Requirement
  • All international students must also demonstrate adequate financial resources for their graduate education before they can be admitted

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12324 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12324 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    14046 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7023 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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