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Geological Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Binghamton, NY, United States
The graduate program in the Department of Geological Sciences offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs in geological sciences. Students are trained to conduct research that leads to publishable work, advancing knowledge in one of the following subdisciplines: environmental geosciences, sedimentology and surficial processes, and geochemistry and petrology. 

Overview

As research activities are often diverse and interdisciplinary, students are encouraged to tailor their study to their individual interests with the help of faculty members.

The small size of the department allows students to develop strong relationships with the faculty, and the curriculum is heavily research-based, reflecting industry standards. The program also emphasizes Earth surfaces processes and sedimentology, which is unique in the SUNY system. Funding is available to both MS and PhD students in the form of scholarships and stipends through teaching and research assistantships.

The program also regularly hosts field excursions and seminars held by noted geologists. Recent field trips include Florida, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, East Africa and Mexico.

While some remain in academia as researchers or faculty, most program alumni find work in industry as geologists in federal programs such as NASA, the Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Geological Survey. Students have also received positions in private energy, environment and mining companies such as Conoco-Phillips and SECOR International. Graduates work in locations all over the globe, including England, Pakistan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Paleobiology
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Petrology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    6.5

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    80

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    53

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All applicants must submit:
  • Online application
  • Transcript(s)
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores, unless otherwise specified by program
  • Any program-specific application materials, such as writing or work samples, licenses or certifications, and test scores
International students must also submit:
  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency (including TOEFL, IELTS and PTE Academic scores)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24755 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24755 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24755 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24755 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13195 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13195 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Binghamton

  • 910 - 1990 USD/month
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