May 27, 2022  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Geological Sciences - MS (Online non-thesis)

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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Science in Geological Sciences

Program Name and Number: Geological Sciences - MS (Online non-thesis-option) – MS3325

Department/Unit:  Department of Geological Sciences

Delivery Mode:  Online

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Overview: The online Master of Science in Geological Sciences non-thesis program provides geology graduates and those from related STEM disciplines with advanced/applied training and experiences through a wide range of topics in Earth Sciences. The mission of the program is to enhance graduates marketability as the next generation of practicing geoscientists, earth science educators, and allied professionals. Students normally complete the program in three semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Interpret, analyze, discuss, and critique scientific papers about geological problems and research techniques.
  • Identify geological problems, formulate hypotheses to address geologic problems, and generate high quality written proposals for investigating geologic questions.
  • Apply different geological methods to collect data and solve geological problems.
  • Analyze, discuss, and formulate conclusions about geologic data to solve geological research questions.
  • Produce high quality analyses of data, results, interpretations, and conclusions in written and oral scientific formats.

Opportunities for Graduates:  The M.S. degree in Geological Sciences is the degree-level most often sought by employers in Geological Sciences. Excellent opportunities can be found in energy and environmental fields as well as careers within or related to geology including education, government, scientific communication, and consulting. These flexible and convenient online courses are applicable to working professionals and science teachers.

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Link to Program Handbook: Most information is distributed within the department website (linked above). For a PDF of version of the most recent handbook, contact the current graduate chairperson. 

Graduation Requirements:  

The following minimum requirements must be satisfied to graduate.

1. Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours.

2. Students must complete a minimum of 7 letter-graded courses, totaling at least 28 credit hours. At least 5 letter-graded courses must be completed in GEOL. The remaining 2 letter-graded courses may be from other departments but must be approved by the student’s academic committee.

3. Complete 2 credits of colloquium (GEOL 6921).

4. Maintain a GPA at or above 3.00.

5. Successfully pass a Research and Technical Skills Portfolio evaluation designed to assess synthesis of knowledge and acquaintance of skills developed during the course of study.

Culminating Experience:  Successfully pass a Research and Technical Skills Portfolio evaluation designed to assess synthesis of knowledge and acquaintance of skills developed during the course of study.

Admission Requirements:  Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in geology, earth/space sciences, integrated science, physical science, science education, or related degree from an accredited institution or equivalent. A curriculum vitae or resume, a one- to two-page statement that describes their interest in both the field of geological sciences and our graduate program, and three letters of recommendation are required.  Students who are not native speakers of English must meet the university’s English proficiency requirement before starting the graduate program in Geological Sciences.

International Students:  This online program is open to students globally. However, I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program due to the nonresidential nature of the program.  The Athens campus based MS in Geological Sciences (MS3321) may issue an I-20 based on admission. The Athens-based program requires a thesis for completion.

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