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Why Pursue an MS in Geosciences?

For students looking to follow their passion in geoscience, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences pursues research and teaching in the following key areas:

  • Hydrogeology (water resources, aqueous geochemistry)
  • Geobiology (paleontology and geomicrobiology)
  • Geoinformatics (geospatial analysis, GIS, remote sensing)
  • Land dynamics (geomorphology, environmental geology, sedimentology)

Research

Recently completed thesis projects include:

  • Penelope Wagner: Intercomparisons of sea ice thickness and concentration from visual observation, EM measurements, and video imagery
  • Benjamin Boyer: The conodont color alteration index using igneous and metamorphic pressure and temperature conditions, Marble Canyon, Sierra Diablo Mountains, west Texas
  • Jonas Harrell: Carboniferous stratigraphy of the Sierra Diablo, Culbertson county, Texas

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Geosciences (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Geosciences (MS)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority March 15 August 15 Not Available
International June 1 October 15 Not Available
Domestic June 15 October 15 Not Available

Funding Opportunities

Qualified students are encouraged to apply for teaching and/or research assistantships and fellowships. Requests should be addressed to the Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science when application is made for admission to UTSA. An application form for teaching assistantships is available at the degree website.

For information about department scholarships, click below.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus. Courses typically take place in the evening between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Judy Haschenburger, PhD

(210) 458-4553

judy.haschenburger@utsa.edu