24 months
8242 CAD/year
3533 CAD/year
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The Geoscience program at University of Calgary is a full-time degree with an expected completion time of two years, typically requiring a bachelor's degree in the same or a closely related discipline.


Formed in 1963, the Department of Geoscience is a vibrant cornerstone of the University of Calgary – and is also the largest geoscience department in Canada. We are internationally and nationally recognized for strengths in seismic geophysics, petroleum geology, hydrology, petrology and regional tectonics. Our vision is an improved understanding of Earth systems through innovative and impactful geoscience research, interdisciplinary learning and discovery, empowered and inspired teaching, and effective communication that not only raises our profile as a geoscience centre of excellence but also creates a brighter future for our world. Many thesis-based students participate in field schools during their time in the Geoscience program, gaining valuable training in geological field methods in a range of possible locations.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics may include hydrogeology, flow in porous media, petrologic methods, structural methods, basin studies, geochemistry and others.
  • Field Schools: Many students participate in field schools for 12-16 days in late summer or early spring. Activities include orienteering, mapping surficial deposts, measuring sections in sedimentary rocks, and mapping geologic structures in places like the Canadian Shield, Alberta prairies, Rocky Mountains and deserts of southwest USA.
  • Thesis: Students will prepare and defend an original research thesis.


Post-Secondary Teaching and Research, Oil and gas , Resource exploration , Resource Management, Environmental Consulting, Geo Hazards, Renewable Energy, Policy and Regulation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Remote Sensing: Basics and Beyond
  • Geographic Information Systems: Basics and Beyond
  • The Politics of Environment
  • Advanced Physical Hydrogeology
  • Advanced Aqueous Geochemistry and Environmental Microbiology
  • Groundwater Flow and Reactive Transport Modelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  • Four-year Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent. An Honours degree in geology or geophysics, or a field related to geophysics, such as physics or mathematics, is preferred.
  • A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary
  • Two reference letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8242 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8242 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3533 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3533 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Calgary

1247 - 1953 CAD /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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