Geology, M.Sc. | Iowa State University | Ames, United States
12 months
28544 USD/year
26776 USD/year
10572 USD/year
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Changing climate, dwindling energy resources, natural hazards, and deteriorating environmental quality are among the most challenging of societal problems. The Geology program is offered at Iowa State University.


About this Degree

Geoscientists, who study Earth processes and resources to understand and help address these and related issues, are in high demand. A graduate degree in Geology opens the door to career opportunities that involve: work that helps sustain society and protect the planet; innovative technologies; and outdoor adventures and world travel.

Learning Goals that students in this Geology program at Iowa State University are expected to meet include:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of geological sciences; Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of geology; Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data; Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline; Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing, and often through the use images (tables, figures, and other forms of imagery) and electronic or other forms of media; Articulate how the graduate program, including coursework and creative scholarship, fits into life and career goals; and Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.

Programme Structure

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): 

  • Mineralogy; Petrology
  • Structural Geology 
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Geoscience Education
  • Paleooceanography
  • Paleoclimatology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority date of December 1


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

A prospective student’s application is reviewed by the ISU Graduate College with the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 of most recent degree.
  • For foreign students, English proficiency exam scores that meet the Graduate College requirements. This is waived for students who have attended an English-speaking college or university.

A prospective student’s application is reviewed by the Geology Graduate Applications Committee with the following criteria:

  • Excellence in undergraduate coursework
  • Preparedness for graduate research
  • Writing ability
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14272 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    26776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13388 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10572 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5286 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 USD /month
Living costs

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