12 months
19032 USD/year
19032 USD/year
6189 USD/year
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The Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Geology.


Program Description

 The Geology program at New Mexico State University offers excellent laboratory facilities for research in mineralogy, igneous petrology, geochemistry, stratigraphy, geochronology, and sedimentology. Available are a large, fully equipped rock preparation laboratory, mineral separation laboratory, plus computer, geochemical and petrographic labs. Major equipment includes a Gemeni heavy mineral separation table, a class 1000 clean lab, Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) and Laser-Ablation Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-MC-ICP-MS). The department maintains its own fleet of field vehicles. Also available are computing facilities that include an HP color plotter and GIS system. Financial support is available to graduate students in geology through teaching and research assistantships and scholarships. Inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to the graduate advisor.

Programme Structure

  • Complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, including a minimum of 6 credits for thesis (GEOL 599 Master's Thesis ).
  • No more than 5 thesis credits may be taken in any one semester. Early selection of a research advisor is encouraged.
  • A thesis proposal must be approved by the advisor and the candidate’s committee before registering for thesis credits.
  • At least 15 credits must be earned in courses numbered 500 or above, and at least 15 credits must be earned in geology.
  • Students are expected to participate in the department’s colloquium each semester.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to graduate study in the NMSU Department of Geological Sciences must have a Bachelor’s degree in geology or a closely related field.
  • Admission to the graduate school is based on an evaluation of the student’s potential for satisfactory performance in the graduate program. Assessment is made on the basis of the applicant’s scholastic record, application essay, and letters of recommendation. We do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19032 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 19032 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    19032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19032 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    6189 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6189 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Las Cruces

806 - 1259 USD /month
Living costs

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