24 months
30134 USD/year
30134 USD/year
12740 USD/year
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The Department of Geological Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Science (thesis), the Master of Science in Teaching (non-thesis), and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in geology.  The Geology program is offered at University of Florida.


For admission to graduate status in the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Florida, a student must have a baccalaureate degree with a major in geology or a related field or its equivalent. Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation can be corrected by completing the undergraduate courses without credit while enrolled as a graduate student.

Key facts:

  • Applicants should take the GRE general test. The scores of this examination must be reported to the Department of Geological Sciences. Three letters of recommendation are also required for admission to the doctoral program and for financial aid applications at any level.
  • A minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate level courses are required for the Master of Science in Geology. At least 24 hours must be in organized graduate-level geology courses (excluding research, teaching, special projects, etc.). Six hours of thesis research credit are required. All master’s degrees are terminal; a separate and new application for admission to the doctoral program is required.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Paleobotany
  • Current Topics in Earth Science for Teachers
  • Geologic Evolution of North America
  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Surface and Ground Water Interactions
  • Physical Geochemistry
  • Organic Geochemistry and Geobiology
  • Advanced Igneous Petrology
  • Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Seismology and Earth Structure
  • Terrestrial Gravity and Magnetism
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Sedimentology
  • Continental Margin Stratigraphy
  • Geomorphology
  • Marine Geology
  • Topics in Field Geology
  • Ground Water Geology
  • Global Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
  • Isotope Geology
  • Topics in Geochemistry
  • Tectonics
  • Stratigraphy and Timescales
  • Micropaleontology
  • Topics in Paleoclimatology
  • Hydrogeologic Modeling
  • Numerical Methods in Earth Sciences
  • Individual Work
  • Seminar
  • Special Topics in Geology
  • Supervised Teaching
  • Internship in College Teaching
  • Research for Master's Thesis
  • Advanced Research
  • Research for Doctoral Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • For applicants with a bachelor’s degree only, a minimum grade point average of B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours is required. Applicants should refer directly to their intended academic units for Graduate Record  Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) requirements. If required, academic test scores are used in the context of a holistic credential review process. 

Tuition Fee

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    30134 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12740 USD/year
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900 - 1335 USD /month
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