M.Sc. On Campus

Earth Sciences

University of Minnesota

24 months
27204 USD/year
27204 USD/year
17580 USD/year
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The research-focused Earth Sciences program of the University of Minnesota is tailored to your interests.


The department has active research programs in:

  • Basin analysis
  • Ecohydrology
  • Economic geology
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Glacial geology
  • Hydrology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Limnology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Petrology
  • Planetary geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Structural geology
  • Tectonics

Duluth's natural environment provides a unique opportunity to study the region's geology. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate in your research with the Large Lakes Observatory, the Natural Resources Research Institute, and the Precambrian Research Center. We also ensure our graduates are well prepared for professional geological work in industry, education, government or further schooling.

Acquired Skills

Students of the Earth Sciences program of the University of Minnesota will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in coursework (at the graduate level) in core geological topics
  • Demonstrate acquisition of new research skills in field methodologies, data collection, and/or data processing.
  • Demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in the design of research, using appropriate methodology to address a geological problem.
  • Prepare and defend a suitable thesis research proposal to their thesis committee.
  • Complete an original research project approved by their thesis committee.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral professional communications to scientific audiences, including research proposals and reporting of research outcomes.
  • Demonstrate ability to articulate scientific questions and outcomes to a general audience at a public final thesis defense.
  • Demonstrate readiness for the professional workforce, through scholarly independence, collaboration with peers, transfer of scientific knowledge to the general public, and/or interaction with experts in their field outside of UMD.
  • Address the relevance of their academic and research endeavors to the global earth system, by citing published research of non-US researchers in their theses and any scholarly work that results from it.
  • Participate with peers and experts in their field at professional international workshops and meetings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Issues in Earth and Environmental Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A four-year B.S. degree in geology or a related field in engineering, basic science, or mathematics is required with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Effective fall 2020, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.
  • Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from one of the following English proficiency examinations. Examination minimum scores are: TOEFL 550 (paper based) or 79 (Internet based)and MELAB 80< IELTS 6.5.
  • Please note that in general we admit graduate students for fall semester only. Only under unusual circumstances will students be allowed to begin their studies at another time of the academic year.
  • Personal Statement
  • Diversity Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Research Description
  • Resume / CV
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Financial Support
  • 3 Recommendation Letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27204 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13602 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    27204 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13602 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    17580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8790 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Duluth

965 - 1380 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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