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Graduate Admissions and Program Requirements

Students apply for the graduate program in Geoenvironmental Studies directly through the graduate admissions office.  To apply, students must complete an application form and make arrangements for all undergraduate transcripts to be sent.  GRE scores are required for students with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.75.  When complete, application materials are sent to the Geography Earth Science department for evaluation.  While not required, to learn more about the program, it is recommended that prospective students make contact with faculty members they may be interested in working with prior to applying. 

Once admitted, students are required to take at least 36 credits to complete the Masters degree in Geoenvironmental Studies.  Listed below are the specific courses and requirements that must be completed to earn the degree.

  • Students must take GEO 503 Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Research during the first semester it is offered.
  • Students must take a minimum of 18 credits at the 500 level (graduate), including GEO 503.
  • Students may take a maximum of 12 credits at the 400 level (graduate/undergraduate) for credit towards the MS degree.
  • Students must take a minimum of 3 credits of geotechniques courses at either the 400 or 500 levels.
  • Students may take a maximum of 6 credits outside of the department.
  • Students must complete a thesis (6 credits, GEO 612 and 613) OR a one-semester research project (3 credits, GEO 546 or 548) and internship (6 credits, GEO 609 and 610). These credits count towards the 36 total credits.
  • Students must take and pass the departmental practical exam.

Past examples of theses, one-semester research projects, and practical exams can be found on our research page. Further information on internships can be found here.