12 months
33928 USD/year
33928 USD/year
12688 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Geological Sciences MSc program offered at University of South Carolina is offered by a diverse group of faculty whose research interests span a wide range of topics. The degree prepares students for professional careers in industry and government, and for the pursuit of further graduate degrees in the fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry and marine science.


What you will learn

At the Geological Sciences MSc program offered at University of South Carolina, laboratory experience and field-based activities will enhance the vibrant and friendly academic environment. You will focus on the study of the Earth's dynamics and history, as well as its composition and the chemical, physical and biological changes that it undergoes. You can also choose to pursue a concentration in environmental geology and geophysics or marine geology.

The department offers a broad range of specialties within geology and geophysics such as sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin evolution; tectonics and structural geology; environmental geology and hydrogeology; igneous and metamorphic petrology; geophysics and seismology; oceanography, coastal and estuarine processes; paleoecology and paleontology; and paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

You will also have the unique opportunity to complete a six-week field course in Colorado to get valuable hands-on experience. This opportunity synergizes your education in geology to understanding the Earth's formation in an observational setting.

M.S. students are expected to conduct scientific research under the supervision of an advisor, and to develop a greater understanding of the fundamental principles and practices related to the primary area of their study. In addition to basic coursework requirements, the degree requires a written thesis or peer-reviewed manuscript.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Basins
  • Internal Earth
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Processes Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Earth Systems Through Time
  • Surface and Near Surface Processes
  • Processes of Global Environmental Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose (a 200 to 300 word essay, explaining your research interests in Geological Science, your professional goals and your current plans for fulfilling your goals)
  • Resume or CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (from faculty or other professionals in the field)
  • Official GRE scores (optional for 2021 admissions)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33928 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    33928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33928 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12688 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Columbia

999 - 1508 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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