M.Sc. On Campus

Geological Sciences

Cornell University

12 months
29500 USD/year
29500 USD/year
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The Geological Sciences program, offered by Cornell University, is designed to give students broad training in the basic sciences as well as field, theoretical, and practical experience through research in their specialty. The program has particular strengths in geophysics, geochemistry and petrology, structural geology, sedimentology, marine ecology, and energy resources


However, the exceptional flexibility of Cornell's graduate program provides ample opportunity for students to work across disciplinary areas. For example, arrangements exist for study of marine ecology, water resources, and various branches of applied geological science. 

Geological Sciences at Cornell University's faculty members in other fields or divisions offer interdisciplinary courses including planetology and extraterrestrial geology, paleobotany, ecology and systematics, biogeochemistry, limnology, soil genesis, soil mineralogy, soil and rock mechanics, remote sensing, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, fluid dynamics, elasticity, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, regional planning, hydraulics and hydrology, and materials science and engineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information, and critically analyzing and evaluating their own findings and those of others
  • Apply existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
  • Develop both qualitative and quantitative skills
  • Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • economic geology
  • engineering geology
  • environmental geophysics
  • general geology
  • geobiology
  • geochemistry and isotope geology
  • geohydrology
  • geomorphology
  • geophysics
  • geotectonics
  • marine geology (minor)
  • mineralogy
  • ocean science and technology
  • paleontology
  • petroleum geology
  • petrology
  • planetary geology
  • Precambrian geology
  • Quaternary geology
  • rock mechanics
  • sedimentology
  • seismology
  • stratigraphy
  • structural geology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All Graduate School Requirements
  • including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English speakers
  • three recommendations
  • Students who are self-motivated and self-directed with strong quantitative backgrounds and a keen interest in and curiosity about the Earth are encouraged to apply. While helpful, prior study of geology is not a requirement for admission; applications from students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are welcome.
  • Applicants are required to submit an online application, a statement of purpose, an official transcript from each college or university attended, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores. 
  • Please note: GRE scores are not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29500 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29500 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ithaca

1128 - 2460 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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