30 hours of graduate credit with a B average or higher, including:
- At least 20 credit hours in geological sciences, including formal courses, problems, seminars, techniques and research.
- A minimum of 9 credit hours of coursework at eh 500 level or above, including two core courses.
- A maximum of 8 credit hours of graduate courses transferred from other institutions.
- Fulfillment of any additional required courses (e.g., allied sciences, field geosciences) stipulated by the research advisor or by CGS.
M.S. degrees must be completed within five years of the last month of the first semester of matriculation.
Thesis Option. Students are strongly encouraged and urged to select this option. It requires a thesis prepared in a form that is essentially ready for publication, with 8 credit hours (or fewer) of research.
Report Option. This option required three or more credit hours of research (G810, G700) coupled with a foreign language or a research skill. The report should include an abstract, introduction, field and/or laboratory methods, results, discussions and conclusions, accompanied by a citation list. It must be submitted for appoval to CGS.