12 months
698 USD/credit 11168 USD/year
698 USD/credit 11168 USD/year
471 USD/credit 7536 USD/year
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The Graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology from Portland State University provides practicing geologists an opportunity to upgrade their hydrogeology credentials while continuing to hold full-time jobs.

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The faculty excel at both teaching and research, with areas of expertise that include geochemistry and petrology, geophysics, geoscience education, hydrogeology, quaternary geology and geomorphology, urban geology, and geologic hazards, tectonics, and planetary science.

With specialized studies in hydrogeology, geomicrobiology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomechanics, glaciology, and applied stratigraphy, you can branch out or deepen your knowledge in an area that best fits your interests and career goals.

You will also have opportunities to work closely with faculty in their research labs and on projects with local businesses, government, and regional universities.

The student clubs, including Portland State's chapters of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Association of Petroleum Geologists, provide you with opportunities to network with professionals and learn about the work being done in the field.


This Hydrogeology program from Portland State University is designed for professionals and students interested in the field of hydrogeology. It can represent a portion of a professional geologist’s recognized training, as well as a portion of the background needed by registered geologists in the state of Oregon. Practicing geologists can use this Certificate, which indicates added skills and background, for professional development. This Certificate program also may be used toward a graduate degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ground Water Geology
  • Research Methods - Literature Review (Reading)
  • Research Methods - Scientific/Technical Writing
  • Statistics and Data Analysis in the Geosciences
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Field GIS
  • Chemical Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Geology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


16 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 698 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    11168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 698 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7536 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 471 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 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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