M.Sc. On Campus


Cal Poly Pomona University

12 months
8830 USD/year
8830 USD/year
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Our Master's program in Geology at Cal Poly Pomona University prepares graduates for employment in all fields of Geological Science, and teaching at secondary and community college levels.  Emphasis is placed on applied skills demanded by potential employers.  Fundamental to the program is a thorough understanding of basic geologic principles rooted in field and laboratory experiences. 


The Geology framework provided by the M.S. degree at Cal Poly Pomona University will enable graduates to meet the intellectual challenges of their professional or academic careers and assume leadership roles in their profession. 

Learning outcomes

The program is sufficiently flexible to meet student interests in the application of geology to the solution of hydrologic, geophysical, environmental, geoengineering, or resource extraction problems facing our society.  As a polytechnic university we are dedicated to the "Learn by Doing" philosophy and stress practical interactions between students, faculty and industry/government professionals.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Topics in Geosciences
  • Field Investigations 
  • Thesis Proposal 
  • Thesis Research 
  • Master's Degree Thesis 
  • Earth Science Seminar 
  • Engineering Geology II/Laboratory 
  • Sedimentary Geology 
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory 
  • Soil Physics 
  • Ore Deposits 
  • Shallow Subsurface Geophysics 
  • Exploration and Mining Geology 
  • Geotectonics 
  • Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes and Earth Structure 
  • Field Module Laboratory 
  • Planetary Science 
  • Special Topics for Upper Division Students
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Micropaleontology 
  • Advanced Hydrogeology
  • Petroleum Geology 
  • Advanced Shallow Subsurface Geophysics 
  • Topics in Advanced Seismology 
  • Contaminant Transport 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have completed an acceptable baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited or internationally recognized institution
  • Are in good academic standing at the last college of university attended
  • Have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter units) attempted
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate studies, which may include qualifying examinations

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Pomona

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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