24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Earth Sciences MSc program at Carleton University falls under an umbrella organization called The Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre. This joint initiative between Carleton University and the University of Ottawa offers students the unique opportunity to take courses at both universities while benefiting from the expertise of a larger pool of professors. 


The Earth Sciences MSc program at Carleton University is one of the foremost centres for the study of earth sciences in Canada. A broad spectrum of research is carried out by its professors and graduate students and, over the years, they have made significant contributions across a spectrum of research, e.g. new mineral resources and minerals, including Carletonite; a new species of dinosaur; new awareness of the geologic record of environmental change in the rapidly changing Canadian Arctic; and increased integration of earth sciences and applied geophysics. 

Graduate students in the department conduct fieldwork spanning a wide range of settings, including both urban and remote regions in Canada and internationally; and, on land, beneath the surface in mine environments, or aboard research vessels studying lake and ocean sediments.

Career Opportunities

Our students have found fulfilling careers in government departments, private industry and as teaching/ research academics here in Canada and internationally.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminars in Earth Sciences
  • Mineralogy
  • Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Advanced Igneous Petrology
  • Geology and Geochemistry of Ore Deposits
  • Hydrothermal Ore Deposits

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours BSc degree, with at least a B+ in geology or a related discipline. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18463 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6657 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 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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