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MS in Geology

The M.S. in Geology provides students with cutting-edge training in the theory and application of geological science. This degree program has two tracks: professional and research. 

Students are required to take courses specified by their advisory committee, with whom they meet at the beginning of each semester. Learn more about coursework and degree requirements in the WVU Graduate Catalog, linked below. 

Graduate Catalog

Professional Track

Our professional track is for working professionals seeking an advanced degree, students who want an efficient but productive one-year M.S. degree or professionals desiring to move into a geology field. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working geologists and features a flexible curriculum. Earn your degree in an intensive 12- to 15-month program, or complete the degree part-time over several years. 

This is a nontraditional M.S. program that focuses on career development instead of independent research. Looking to change your career path or trajectory? Consider joining our community of professionals and researchers.

Research Track

The research track prepares you for a career as a professional geologist or as an independent researcher. Students considering a future Ph.D. or employment in geological research are encouraged to choose this track. Research is accomplished with specialized mentoring from faculty with expertise spanning the geology program’s key areas of specialization: Earth’s systems interactions, energy resources, environmental geology and geochemistry, and planetary geoscience. Our program welcomes independent thinkers who want to learn, explore and address critical societal, environmental and economic issues. 

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