M.Sc. On Campus


University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

12 months
28464 USD/year
28464 USD/year
13176 USD/year
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The Master of Science degrees in Geology at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign are designed to give students a solid background in geology, skills that can be applied in geology-related industry or teaching, experience in research and, in most cases, experience in teaching. 


The standard Geology degree from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign requires completion of a thesis and is designed for students who will pursue geological careers in research or industry, or who plan to continue graduate study toward a PhD. 

Courses include: 

  • Most oil companies, for example, prefer to hire students who have completed a thesis, because of the valuable experience that students gain by doing thesis research. 
  • This option is designed to be completed in about two years, though students who enter the program with a sparse background in geology may need additional time.

Programme Structure

  • Students in the Master of Science program can follow the "standard" (or thesis) option or the "applied geology" (or non-thesis) option. 
  • The non-thesis option is intended as a terminal degree for students preparing for professional work in environmental and engineering geology or in applied geophysics and who have already been admitted to the program.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application forms for admission and financial aid may be filled out directly via the Grad College website. Completed applications, including transcripts, should be submitted by midnight EST on January 15th for admission in August. 
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a firm background in physics, chemistry and mathematics is required for admission. The GRE exam is not required to apply.
  • The Department of Geology and the Illinois Graduate College are committed to encouraging diversity among graduate students in Geology. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28464 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    28464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28464 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13176 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Urbana

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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