Geoscience, Master

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) , TX,
he Master of Geoscience (M.Gsc.) is designed for students who want a broad background in the Geosciences at the graduate level. It is intended to provide a science content degree for science teachers in the public schools and community colleges. It can also provide an environmental geoscience background for those in positions having a concern for environmental restorations.


  • Residence: The students must be on the College Station campus for 9 credit hours during one regular semester or one 10-week summer term. A petition may be submitted to waive this requirement.
  • Student's Advisory Committee: Students must have a committee of no fewer than three members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from outside the "home" department. They are to be selected and approved prior to the end of the second semester.
  • Degree Plan: Dependent upon the student's advisory committee with a minimum of 36 credit hours of which 18 hours must be in a "major" of two specializations. The specializations are geography, geology & geophysics, metereology and oceanography. A minimum of 6 hours of supporting courses must be from areas other than the two specializations of the "major" and are not restricted to the college of geosciences. The use of 690 (Theory of Research), 691 (Research) and 695 (Frontiers in Research) is not allowed. The degree plan is to be submitted prior to the start of the third semester. A thesis in not required.
  • Use of Transfer, Extension and Other Courses: 9 hours of advanced undergraduate (300-400 level) are allowed. A maximum of 12 credits of transfer courses, or Texas A&M System extension courses, or 489 and/or 689 (special topics) or a combination thereof may be considered thereof may be considered for the degree plan.
  • Final Examination: A final oral examination by the Students Advisory Committee is required.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Processes in Economic Geography
  • Processes in Physical Geography
  • Processes in Cultural Geography
  • Geographical Methods & Theory
  • Geographical Research Design
  • Applied Climatology
  • Urban Geography
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Land-Use & Land-Cover Change
  • Environment & Society on the US-Mexico Border
  • Ecohydrology
  • Landscape Ecology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite. Many applicants have a degree in geography, but many degree specializations are appropriate depending upon a student's interests.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): There is no minimum GPA to be considered as an applicant, but most incoming students have GPAs well above 3.00.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Current GRE scores are required to apply. There is no minimum GRE score to apply.
  • Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. The recommendation letters are important. Choose recommenders who can adequately and fairly assess your potential, both as a student and a researcher.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) is required.

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