Master of Science (MSc)

Course-based program

Program overview

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.

Course-based program

Nine courses, including a minimum of five graduate-level courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Edwin Cey

    Edwin Cey

    Accepting Inquiries
    Hydrogeology, Vadose Zone Hydrology and Preferential Flow, Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction, Numerical Simulation, Subsurface Microbial Transport, Expert Review and Regulatory Input
  2. Jan Dettmer

    Jan Dettmer

  3. David Eaton

    David Eaton

    Accepting Inquiries
    Seismology, Induced Seismicity, Passive Seismic Monitoring, Distributed Acoustic Sensing, Physics-Informed Machine Learning
  4. Eva Enkelmann

    Eva Enkelmann

    Accepting Inquiries
    Tectonics, Thermochronology, Geochronology, Basin Evolution
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    Rob Ferguson

    Seeking Students
  6. Charles Henderson

    Charles Henderson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Upper Paleozoic and Triassic Sequence Biostratigraphy and Conodont Paleontology
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    Steve Larter

    Accepting Inquiries
    Energy transition and technology
  8. Dave Pattison 2020-10

    Dave Pattison

    Accepting Inquiries
    Metamorphic geology
  9. Dan Shugar

    Dan Shugar

    Accepting Inquiries
    Geomorphology, environmental geoscience, geomatics, natural hazards, glaciology
  10. Marc Strous

    Marc Strous

    Accepting Inquiries
    Nitrogen Cycling in Canadian Soda Lakes, Geo-pops (For growing Enigmatic Microbes from Groundwater)

Admission requirements


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.

Minimum education

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.

Work samples



A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Geoscience

Earth Sciences Building Room 118
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Science

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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