M.Sc. On Campus

Applied Geological Sciences

University of Alaska Anchorage

12 months
1079 USD/credit 32370 USD/year
1079 USD/credit 32370 USD/year
513 USD/credit 15390 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Applied Geological Sciences program at University of Alaska Anchorage implies not only an enhanced level of understanding of the fundamentals of geological sciences, but also an applied skill set that allows students to apply advanced concepts of geological sciences to problem solving.


Graduate study in applied geological sciences prepares students for work in the multitude of careers including environmental geology/sciences, oil and gas industry, minerals and mining, and state and federal agencies that require a deep and broad foundation in the geological sciences. 

The MSAGS has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. The thesis option includes a focus on skills related to the acquisition of new knowledge and is designed for students who wish to pursue higher entry-level positions into jobs or to eventually pursue a Ph.D. degree. The non-thesis option is designed for students who wish to further emphasize applied geological sciences and prefer to substitute additional classroom education and a comprehensive written exam or a professional project and comprehensive oral exam for graduate research experience.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Applied Geological Sciences program at University of Alaska Anchorage are to provide students with graduate-level:

  • Technical knowledge within geological sciences.
  • Ability to conceive and conduct geological sciences research and problem solving.
  • Ability to effectively communicate geological sciences concepts and applications to a broad audience.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Mineral Resources
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Depositional Systems and Dynamic Stratigraphy
  • Applied Sedimentary Petrology and Diagenesis
  • Advanced Hydrogeology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Structural Geology and Geomechanics
  • Glacial and Quaternary Geology
  • Geology of Alaska

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed UAA graduate application.
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, taken within two years prior to the application date.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualifications for graduate-level research and study.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page personal statement discussing the applicant’s credentials and readiness for graduate studies. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1079 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    32370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1079 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15390 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 513 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Anchorage

1320 - 2000 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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