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Geology and Environmental Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The Department of Geology & Environmental Science is internationally recognized for excellence in research and education. Graduate study resulting in both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees is available through the Department, as well as a professional M.S. degree in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) & Remote Sensing (RS). 

Overview

Students admitted to the graduate program take a suite of six courses in their first two years in residence. The “preliminary examination” in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science is based on the student's record of performance in these courses. Students will be considered to pass the preliminary exam when they have achieved a grade of “B” or better in each of the courses. The student must take GEOL 2001 and GEOL 2468, in addition to three “core” courses from the list below, which are relevant to their research. In addition, students should take at least one course from a subfield markedly outside their research area. This course must be approved by the graduate committee.

The minimum requirement for the M.S. degree is thirty (30) credits beyond the baccalaureate.  A minimum of eighteen (18) credits must be from formal courses.  These include lecture, laboratory, seminar, and topics courses, and research credits. At least twelve (12) of these credits must be taken within the Department of Geology and Environmental Science.  A maximum of eight (8) credits numbered below 2000 may be applied toward graduation requirements with prior approval.  No course numbered below 1000 may be applied toward graduation requirements.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research and Thesis MS Degree (Thesis Research)
  • A Scientific Communication
  • Colloquium
  • Advanced Igneous Petrology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Soils: Geobiochemical Landscapes
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Basin Analysis
  • Groundwater Geology
  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Advanced GIS Systems & Computer Methods
  • Geophysical Well Logging
  • GIS, GPS, and Computer Methods
  • Applied Remote Sensing & GPS Techniques

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

  • Complete the online application form. 
  • Personal Statement: A brief statement of purpose (typically 1-2 pages) that addresses your specific interests and professional goals in Geology & Environmental Science.
  • Required Writing Sample:  5-10 pages of your own writing, not from a group effort.
  • Official transcripts for all college-level institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate study). 
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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