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MA/MSc Geology

The Department of Geology at Portland State University offers programs leading to a graduate certificate, the Master of Arts or Master of Science in geology, an option in geohydrology, the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Teaching, and to the Ph.D. degree in the School of the Environment.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The M.A./M.S. program is designed to train geology students beyond the baccalaureate degree for professional employment or for advanced graduate work. The M.A.T./M.S.T. program is offered for teachers in secondary schools and community colleges.

About the school

Geology is in the School of the Environment and participates in the Earth, Environment, & Society Doctoral Program. Specialized studies in hydrogeology, geomicrobiology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomechanics, glaciology, and applied stratigraphy, along with multidisciplinary environmental science courses and seminars, will partially fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D.

Geology is the study of Earth and other planetary bodies; their composition, structure, and evolution. The Portland State University Geology Department excels at both teaching and research, partnering with local businesses, government, regional universities and K-12 schools. We are situated in the Pacific Northwest, a dynamic geologic environment. We capitalize on our unique location and the diversity of our faculty and student body.

A founding member of the School of Environment, the Department offers programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Earth Science, as well as graduate master’s and Ph.D. degrees with focused research; MAT and MST degrees for teachers in secondary schools and community colleges; graduate certificates in hydrogeology, engineering and environmental geology for professional development; and minors in Computer Applications, Environmental Geology, and Space and Planetary Science.

Active research covers diverse topics including basin analysis, geochemistry, geomechanics, geomorphology, geothermal, glaciology, hydrogeology, mantle dynamics, meteorites, paleoseismology, STEM education, structural and igneous petrology, tectonics, and volcanology.


Courses Included

  • Mineralogy
  • Processes in the Surface Environment
  • Computer Applications and Information Technology
  • Numerical Modeling of Earth Systems
  • Stratigraphy
  • Field Methods in Geosciences