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What will I learn?

The graduate program in Geology offers coursework, fieldwork experience, and research that will lead to a Master of Science degree in Geology. It allows students who successfully complete the program to upgrade their educational qualifications and advance to doctoral programs or professional positions that require an in-depth knowledge of hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geologic hazards. The University's location in the state capital provides direct access to many local, federal, and state agencies through internship and fieldwork opportunities.

Each student should plan a program according to his/her background, interests and objectives, in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students are required to consult with an advisor prior to admission to the program or initiation of graduate study. For information on how to select an advisor, students should contact the Geology Department Office. Graduate students who want to engage in teaching as professionals can apply for an appointment as a Graduate Teaching Associate. Graduate Teaching Associates have the opportunity to teach one to three lower division laboratory courses per semester and are paid at a rate commensurate with their teaching load.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $396 per unit
Start date

Expected August 2023

Venue

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

SACRAMENTO,

California,

95819, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor degree to apply for a graduate program.

For international students

Applicants must have

  • a degree in Geology
  • a minimum 2.75 GPA in all Geology, Chemistry, Math and Physics courses, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in upper division Geology courses;

English Language Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL - Score of 550 (paper based test), Score of 80 (internet based), IELTS (Academic) - Overall band score of 6.5, PTE Academic - Score of 65.

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

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