12 months
18942 USD/year
18942 USD/year
9398 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Geosciences program of Virginia Tech focuses on research, education and outreach dealing with the nature of the earth. We offer the MS and PhD degree programs at the Blacksburg campus. 


The students and faculty of the Geosciences program of Virginia Tech investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs.

Areas that Employ Geoscientists 

  • Geoscientists are employed in a variety of roles within the environmental industry. Some examples of these roles include regulatory compliance, sustainability evaluations of water resources, solid waste management, contaminated soil and groundwater investigation and remediation.
  • Energy companies employ geoscientists in a wide range of roles. Examples include the search for and production of oil, gas, and coal reserves, the identification of geothermal resources, carbon sequestration projects, as well as the business side of these industries.
  • Geoscientists play a key role in the discovery and extraction of mineral resources that are used in everything around us.  Some examples include the rare earth elements that go into the batteries that power our electronic devices and the stone that goes into our roads and buildings. Geoscientists also play a critical role in ensuring that safe and environmentally responsible practices are followed during resource extraction and after mining has ceased.
  • The government sector, on all levels (local, state, and federal), employ geologists in a variety of roles. These include, but are not limited to, resource management, science policy development, environmental law, basic and applied research, and geoengineering.
  • Geoscience educators possess the hands-on experience and content knowledge needed for teaching about earth and environmental sciences in both formal (i.e. classroom) and informal (e.g.. museums, community outreach) educational settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth System History 
  • Professional Development and Ethics in Geosciences
  • Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
  • Geodynamics
  • Dynamics of Planetary Surface and Interiors
  • Inverse Theory and Geoscience Applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A one to two page, double-spaced personal statement
  • A brief statement that describes your research interests and career aspiration in geosciences
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts from previous academic institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • No GRE required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 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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