M.Sc. On Campus


California State University Sacramento

12 months
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The graduate program in Geology at California State University Sacramento offers two tracks to a Master of Science degree in Geology: a thesis-based option in which students pursue a research project and a non-thesis option that culminates in a comprehensive examination.


Students who successfully complete the Geology program at California State University Sacramento will upgrade their educational qualifications and be able to advance to doctoral programs or professional positions that require an in-depth knowledge of geologic topics such as tectonics, hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geologic hazards.


  • The University's location in the state capital provides direct access to many local, federal, and state agencies through internship and fieldwork opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Physical Geology
  • Physical Geology Lab
  • Earth Materials - Rocks and Minerals
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a degree in Geology, or 24 units of equivalent upper-division coursework in Geology which must have been passed with a grade of "C-" or better 
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in upper division Geology courses;
  • three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic record and professional capabilities, sent directly to the Department;
  • a brief statement of interest, faculty sponsorship (for the thesis-based option), area of specialty and long-term goals;
  • successful completion of two semesters of inorganic Chemistry with a lab (CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B);
  • successful completion of two semesters of Physics with a lab (PHYS 11A and PHYS 11B or PHYS 5A and PHYS 5B); and
  • successful completion of two semesters of Math 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Sacramento

1190 - 1765 USD /month
Living costs

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


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