24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Geology program at Southern Illinois University strives to develop a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.


Key Features

The objectives of the Geology program at Southern Illinois University are to develop the student's competence in the basic fields of geology and to provide for specialization dependent on student and faculty interest. We offer masters and doctoral degrees in a wide array of sub-disciplines. If your interests do not fit into one of these sub-disciplines, an advisor can help you design a unique program of coursework and research study. Interdisciplinary research with faculty in other departments is also encouraged.

Faculty and facilities are available to support thesis and dissertation research in the following sub-disciplines:

  • Environmental geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Quaternary geology
  • Applied seismology and potential-field geophysics
  • Environmental geophysics
  • Geodynamics
  • Active tectonics
  • Coal and energy resource geology
  • Organic petrology
  • Sedimentary geochemistry
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Low-temperature geochemistry
  • Isotope biogeochemistry
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Petroleum geology
  • Paleontology, micropaleontology, and paleoecology
  • Structural geology
  • Petrology

Southern Illinois and adjacent areas offer a wide variety of geological conditions ideal for individual study and research. Opportunities also exist for graduate student research in other areas of the United States and overseas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Nature of the Earth for Teachers
  • Physical Nature of the Earth Laboratory for Teachers
  • Historical Geology Teacher Enhancement
  • Science Writing and Scientific Communication
  • Volcanology
  • Quantitative Methods of Geology
  • Optical Mineralogy
  • The Geochemistry of Natural Waters

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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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