Marine Geosciences

University of Miami

12 months
2100 USD/credit
2100 USD/credit
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The Marine Geosciences (MGS) graduate program at University of Miami is focused on studying the geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the earth system, beneath, within, and above the oceans.


Students in the Marine Geosciences program at University of Miami work closely with faculty at the forefront of research on earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, hydrothermal seafloor vents, and paleoclimate. MGS faculty and students also emphasize interdisciplinary study where geological phenomena interact with or are influenced by processes generally studied in other disciplines, such as ocean currents, climate, and biological evolution.

MGS research uses pioneering remote sensing techniques to assess the earth’s crustal movement and sedimentation in coastal zones. MGS degree programs are at the forefront of understanding carbonate deposit systems, and paleoclimate researchers are using stromatolites and reefs to learn more about past climate change by studying the interaction between biological and geological processes. Ocean observing systems, such as hydrological observatories, are playing prominently in research efforts as well.


The mission of the MGS M.S. program is to prepare our students for either further academic education in a Ph.D. program or professional employment in marine geology and geophysics, environmental sciences, and petroleum geology. The program is based on two main elements: well-rounded course work plus conduct of original research that leads to preparation of a publicly defended M.S. thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth Surface Processes
  • Introductory Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Master's Thesis
  • Research Ethics
  • Seminar in Marine Geosciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The undergraduate student wishing to prepare for graduate work in the marine geosciences must be well trained in the basic sciences. 
  • Applicants must take the GRE, and those whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550. 
  • According to the special interests of the individual, the undergraduate major and minor should be in geology, physics, chemistry, and/or mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2100 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2100 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2100 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2100 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Marine Geosciences
University of Miami