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We have two teams to help you through the process.

General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.


Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
Tuesday and Thursday - in-person

 

Contact Us:


Email: Grad.Recruitment@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

Book an appointment with a recruiter in-person or virtually .

Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05

 

Contact Graduate Processors:

Email: Graduate.admissions@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-7985


Send Official Transcripts to: graduate.documents@utsa.edu

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
student ID in the form of abc123) if they have not been submitted as part of your application.


Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 must be uploaded directly to the application.

 

Geosciences (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Geoscience offers students the opportunity for advanced study and research in the field of Geology. For degree information, please see the degree website listed below. Qualified students are encouraged to apply for teaching and/or research assistantships and fellowships. Requests should be addressed to the Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science when application is made for admission to UTSA. An application form for teaching assistantships is available at the degree website. The Master of Science degree program in Geoscience offers opportunities for advanced study and research designed to prepare students for roles in industry, government, research institutes, or educational institutions.

Why pursue an M.S. in Geoscience at UTSA?

The department pursues research and teaching in the key areas of hydrogeology (water resources, aqueous geochemistry), geobiology (paleontology and geomicrobiology), geoinformatics (geospatial analysis, GIS, remote sensing), and land dynamics (geomorphology, environmental geology, sedimentology).

Degree Requirements:

  • The Master of Science degree in Geoscience requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor's degree in Geology (equivalent to UTSA's) or a bachelor's degree in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, life sciences, or engineering with sufficient coursework in the geosciences. Applicant's evaluations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
 Other Degree Requirements Background or remedial courses may be required to remove deficiencies.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Two Letters of Recommendation are required from person's familiar with the applicant's academic record.
 Statement of Purpose Personal Statement of Research or Career Interest.
 Test Scores Not Required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, info@foreigncredentials.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

Career Options Available for an M.S. in Geoscience Graduate

  • Career opportunities are within both the public and private realm.
  • Former students work at environmental and engineering consulting firms (e.g., Hurd Enterprises, San Antonio, TX; Parsons Engineering, Denver, CO), petroleum exploration companies (e.g., Noble Energy, Houston), and Southwest Research Institute.
  • Some students pursue doctoral degrees.

Recently completed thesis projects include:

  • Penelope Wagner: Intercomparisons of sea ice thickness and concentration from visual observation, EM measurements, and video imagery
  • Benjamin Boyer: The conodont color alteration index using igneous and metamorphic pressure and temperature conditions, Marble Canyon, Sierra Diablo Mountains, west Texas
  • Jonas Harrell: Carboniferous stratigraphy of the Sierra Diablo, Culbertson county, Texas
  • Marla Roberts: Time series resistivity analysis of unsaturated karst
  • Leigh Symank: Variable density modeling of the hydrogeologic evolution of the convergence zone between freshwater and saline basinal groundwater, Wilcox group, Central Texas, Gulf of Mexico coastal plain, USA

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Judy Haschenburger, Ph.D.
Email: judy.haschenburger@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-4553

Degree Website: https://www.utsa.edu/sciences/earth-planetary-sciences/graduate.html 

Degree Catalog Link: Graduate Catalog

Funding Opportunities: Departmental Scholarships


Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus.
  • Between 4 PM and 9 PM.