Master of Science in Geology Program By University of Wyoming |Top Universities

Master of Science in Geology

Master of Science in Geology

  • QS World University Rankings
    801-1000
Graduate education, leading either to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geology or Geophysics, is a major focus of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. At UW you'll find: A top-notch faculty. Our faculty is dedicated to distinction in research and graduate education. Faculty research is characterized by numerous interdisciplinary collaborations and a remarkably collegial atmosphere. A large department with stimulating peers. Students interact with ~26 faculty, a graduate student population of ~40, and undergraduate majors numbering about 140. There's always someone to learn from, and to share an idea with. Exciting research opportunities. Our faculty conduct world-class research in fields as diverse as surface chemistry and marine seismology, in locations from Greenland to the Puna Plateau in Argentina. Cutting-edge and diverse research groups. Our faculty are involved in nine different research groups: geochemistry, geohydrology, geophysics and seismology, paleo-science, petrology, isotope geology, sedimentology, petroleum geology, structural geology and tectonics, and surface processes. The graduate experience. Excellence in graduate student mentoring is a key goal of our department. Your program is custom-designed between you, your major professor and your advisory committee. A supportive environment. We are committed to providing a supportive - yet challenging - research environment for our students. Graduate student life is characterized by a remarkable sense of collaboration and an esprit-de-corps. State-of-the-art facilities. Our department has top-notch computer, laboratory, material characterization, aqueous geochemistry and isotope chemistry laboratories. We have scanning and transmission electron microscopes, electron microprobe, MC-ICPMS and XRD & XRF. Competitive stipend support. Virtually all of our graduate students are supported on research or teaching assistantships, including several endowed, honorary fellowships. The MS degree requires successful completion of 26 credits of course work and 4 hours of thesis credit for a total of 30 hours (minimum). A master’s thesis is required. Master’s students have six calendar years to complete the degree. A master’s committee consists of three faculty members (minimum), including one external department member. Required courses: Fundamental of Research (GEOL 5020) first semester in residence, 2 semesters (1 credit/sem) of Distinguished Lecture Series, and the 1 credit Rocky Mountain field trip. First semester: Student and advisor meet to identify any background deficiencies. Deficiency coursework must be completed with a grade of B or better early in the student’s graduate residence. Second Semester: Oral qualifying examination, committee set up and program filed using MS Program of Study document. See links below for format.

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