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Geology, M.Sc.

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University rank #987 (BCR) Oxford, OH, United States
MIAMI’S Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science offers three programs for advanced study (Ph.D., M.S., and M.A.). Both the Ph.D. and the M.S. degrees require a substantial component of original research culminating in a dissertation or thesis, respectively. The M.A. is a non-thesis degree.


The Department houses research laboratories for the investigation of earth materials and processes. Many of the laboratories support material preparation and analysis using departmental instrumentation including: DC plasma spectrometer, multi-collector thermal ionization mass spectrometer, HPLC ion chromatograph, atomic force/scanning tunneling microscope, single-crystal and powder x-ray diffractometers, electrophoretic mobility analyzer, streaming potential analyzer, portable seismometers, and cathode luminoscope.

Additional shared facilities on campus include microbiology laboratories, scanning and transmission electron microscopy laboratories, ICP-MS laboratory, remote sensing and GIS computer laboratories, and an ecology research center. Collaborations with numerous research laboratories and institutions provide access to facilities not available on campus. The Department maintains active field programs around the world and a field station in Wyoming.


Miami University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. Miami's most recent accreditation review occurred in 2015.

Programme Structure

Research emphases:

  • Geomicrobiology and life in extreme environments
  • Geophysics, seismology and mantle dynamics
  • Hydrogeology and contaminant transport
  • Igneous petrology and volcanology
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Low-temperature and environmental geochemistry
  • Mineralogy and crystallography
  • Mineral surface geochemistry
  • Paleobotany and Paleoecology
  • Paleoclimatology and geomorphology
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Tectonics and structural geology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  •  30 credit hours consisting of 24 hours of course work plus 6 semester hours of credit for thesis. 
  • All M.S. degree candidates present an oral thesis proposal before the end of the second semester of residence.
  •  A final oral defense of thesis research is held after the thesis is completed.
  •  There is no language requirement for the M.S. degree.

Tuition Fee

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    15026 USD/semester
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  • National

    6155 USD/semester
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 1095 - 1810 USD/month
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