Geology Master's Degree Programs in Texas

Anyone hoping to earn a master's degree in geology can do so at one of the many schools in the state of Texas. Learn about the schools in the state that offer this program and program details in the article below. Schools offering Environmental Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Texas A&M University

Students who attend Texas A&M University in College Station can choose a Master of Science in Geology program with either a thesis option or a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires students to complete a total of 32 semester credit hours of coursework and a thesis where the non-thesis option requires a total of 36 semester credit hours and a final comprehensive exam.

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University, which is located in Fort Worth, has a 30-credit hour Master of Science in Geology degree program. Of these 30 hours, 12 should be from geology specific courses, six from the thesis, and the remainder are electives. Students must maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher while completing the program.

Baylor University

Waco's Baylor University offers students the option to earn a Master of Science in Geology degree. This program requires a total of 30 semester hours of coursework, and students are required to complete a 6-semester hour thesis prior to graduation. The school offers 25 areas of research specializations, including tectonics, geodynamics, and engineering geology.

Stephen F. Austin State University

Students at Stephen F. Austin State University can choose a Master of Science in Geology degree program with a thesis option or a non-thesis option. There are six areas of specializations available: hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, sedimentology, and structural geology; a Master of Science in Natural Science with an emphasis in geology is also available from this school in Nacogdoches, TX.

Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, also has Master of Science in Geology program with a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Students in this geology graduate program can take courses in paleontology, geophysical structural methods, geochemistry of water, advanced sedimentation, and remote sensing for geology.

University of Houston

Students at the University of Houston can pursue a Master of Science in Geology degree. Students must complete courses from at least three of the following categories: igneous/geochemistry, sedimentary geology, structure/tectonics, and applied/analytical geology. This program has both thesis and part-time non-thesis options.

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio's geology department focuses on teaching students about hydrology, geoinformatics, land dynamics, and geobiology. This school has a Master of Science in Geology program that requires students to do research and complete a thesis prior to graduation. This program requires students to complete 30 semester credit hours.

Tarleton State University

Those attending Tarleton University in Stephenville can earn a Master of Science in Geoscience degree in as little as two years. This program focuses on preparing students to become leaders in their field. This university offers a two-year program that requires students to complete a thesis, and also a five-year bachelor's-to-master's option.

Southern Methodist University

Students need to complete and defend a thesis before they can graduate from the Master of Science in Geology program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This program requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and includes courses on the physical and chemical structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, and geochemical stratigraphies.

University of Texas at El Paso

Students that attend the University of Texas at El Paso can earn their Master of Science in Geological Sciences degree after completing the 30-credits of coursework and a thesis. Students in this program can take courses in oceanography, planetary geology, earth materials, minerals, petroleum geology, and more.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Texas A&M University Master of Science in Geology In-State: $6,552
Out-of-State: $17,904
Texas Christian University Master of Science in Geology $29,340
Baylor University Master of Science in Geology $30,888
Stephen F. Austin State University Master of Science in Geology In-State: $4,896
Out-of-State: $12,366
Sul Ross State University Master of Science in Geology In-State: $2,082
Out-of-State: $8,943
University of Houston Master of Science in Geology In-State: $8,214
Out-of-State: $17,463
University of Texas at San Antonio Master of Science in Geology In-State: $5,615
Out-of-State: $22,448
Tarleton State University Master of Science in Geoscience In-State: $3,996
Out-of-State: $11,466
Southern Methodist University Master of Science in Geology $40,896
University of Texas at El Paso Master of Science in Geological Sciences In-State: $4,941
Out-of-State: $13,649

Source: *NCES

Students hoping to earn a master's degree in geology can attend find programs at many different schools in the state of Texas, like Texas Christian University and the University of Houston. Many of the programs offer both thesis and non-thesis options, and some offer areas of specializations that allow students to concentrate their research in an area of interest..

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