Geoscience offers non-thesis master’s degrees in both geology and geophysics. The program is suitable for full-time and part-time students and is a perfect fit for people with undergraduate degrees in geoscience who may already be in the workforce and want to pursue an advanced degree without taking a leave of absence. Students working in the industry may choose to complete an industrial capstone project and work with an industry partner.
The interdisciplinary specialization in reservoir characterization is offered jointly with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.
Completing this program
- Courses: Topics may include hydrogeology, flow in porous media, petrologic methods, structural methods, basin studies, geochemistry and others.
- Geophysics Concentration: Four electives, four core geophysics courses; topics may include seismic signal analysis, inverse theory and others.
- Geology Concentration: At least seven courses in geology or geophysics with a minimum of six at the graduate level.
- Research Project: All students including geology and geophysics concentrations write, present and defend a research report.
Post-Secondary Teaching and Research, Oil and gas , Resource exploration , Resource Management, Environmental Consulting, Geo Hazards, Renewable Energy, Policy and Regulation.
A course-based master’s degree in geoscience is usually considered a final degree.
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
Four-year Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent. An Honours degree in geology or geophysics, or a field related to geophysics, such as physics or mathematics, is preferred.
A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) score of 97 with no section less than 20 (internet-based).
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no section less than 6.0.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 68, or higher (Academic version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 (no less than 70 on reading and writing sections).
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in writing courses.
For admission on September 1:
- Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
- International students: Jan. 15 application deadline
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