12 months
29739 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Geoscience at The University of Iowa is designed primarily to prepare students for professional careers in geoscience, or for more advanced studies.


About Geoscience at The University of Iowa

M.S. students may count up to 8 s.h. of research credit toward the 30 s.h. required for the degree. They must earn at least 24 s.h. toward the degree in University of Iowa courses taken after they enroll in the program. M.S. students also must complete EES:5010 Geoscience Seminar Series during each semester until they defend their thesis.

M.S. thesis students are responsible for obtaining their advisory committee’s approval of a suitable program of course work and for satisfactory development of research plans as outlined in a thesis proposal, which should be completed and approved by the department chair before the end of the second semester of full-time study. Thesis students must deliver a half-hour public presentation of their thesis, followed by an oral defense. M.S. students are also required to present their research at a local, regional, national, or international meeting approved by the DEO before graduating from the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Earth Science
  • Evolution and the History of Life
  • Geology
  • Big Ideas: Origins of the Universe, Earth, and Life
  • Age of Dinosaurs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • An Additional Information Form (for field camp and courses)
  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • A Statement of Purpose (from everyone)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • A copy of the IETLS or TOEFL (for all international students)
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29739 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29739 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 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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