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M.S. in Geological Sciences


What will I learn?

The Department of Earth Sciences offers the M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences. Graduate education in the Geological Sciences emphasizes general geology combined with specialization in fields such as evolutionary paleobiology, invertebrate paleontology, active tectonics, applied geophysics, earthquake processes and geophysics, deep crustal and mantle processes, organic geochemistry, geohydrology, mineral deposits, stratigraphy, sedimentology, sedimentary geochemistry, basin analysis, landscape ecology, fire ecology, and natural resource conservation.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
US$32,287.86 per year
Application deadline

Expected March, June 2023

Start date

Expected March, June, September 2023


College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Geology Building, Room 2258,

900 University Avenue,



92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be admitted to graduate status, the basic requirement is a bachelor's degree in Physics or its equivalent from an accredited institution. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California. Qualified applicants are expected to have a junior/senior GPA of 3.25 or higher.

For international students

A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California.

A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or B-equivalent (if GPA is not on a 4.0 scale). We recommend that you check with the graduate program as they may have a higher standard for their GPA requirements. If your GPA is below this, follow up with the graduate program you are interested. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and the program can look at your other components and advise you on potential admission.

English Language Requirement: TOEFL - The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT; IELTS - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.

Application deadline: Summer - March 1st; Fall - June 1st; Winter - September 1st; Spring - December 1st.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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