Ohio University

Professional M.S. in Geological Sciences (Non-Thesis)

Non-Thesis Program

The next generation of practicing geoscientists and allied professionals can take advantage of a new non-thesis M.S. in Geology designed for working professionals.

Choose a Focus & View Course Schedules

  • Applied Geology Focus
  • Geology with a Focus on Business
  • Geology with a Communications Focus

For more information, contact Dr. Dan Hembree.

Advanced, Applied Training for Geology Workforce

The diversity of problems that the geoscientist is tasked with solving in today's world requires training beyond an undergraduate degree, but may not require the research typically associated with a master's thesis.

The professional, non-thesis M.S. degree in Geological Sciences is designed for students who are planning to enter the geology workforce, but are not planning to pursue career paths that require a Ph.D., such as those in academia.

The non-thesis option provides geology graduates and those from related STEM disciplines with advanced, applied training and experiences that will enhance their marketability as the next generation of practicing geoscientists and allied professionals.

The non-thesis M.S. degree requires that students with the appropriate undergraduate degree take eight 4-unit graduate courses in geology or other approved disciplines and complete a comprehensive final examination.

Complete the M.S. in One Year

The non-thesis option provides the flexibility to allow students (in consultation with their academic adviser) to design an accelerated program of coursework in as little as one academic year, though students also may take courses over two years.

Tuition & Financial Aid

See current tuition and fees. Athens graduate tuition rates apply. Graduate students may be eligible for federal loans; see financial aid.

Why Pursue an M.S. in Geological Sciences at Ohio University?

Graduate school is a challenging but rewarding period of any scientist's life. Earning a non-thesis M.S. in Geological Sciences degree should be an intellectually stimulating and demanding experience. Faculty encourage students to develop into independent scientists while earning the skills necessary to pursue their career aspirations.

Ohio University is a state-assisted, research extensive institution with an enrollment of more than 20,000 students at the Athens Campus, including about 4,500 graduate students. Athens is centrally located between Columbus, Pittsburg, and Cincinnati, situated in the rolling unglaciated hills of southeastern Ohio, on the western edge of the Appalachian Plateau.

Program Mission

The mission of the Geological Sciences Department is to provide students with an introduction to problem solving, critical thinking, and basic concepts using the earth sciences and to show how modern observations can be extended into deep time. We prepare our undergraduate majors with a solid foundation in the discipline for use in their subsequent life, work, or advanced studies and impart to our graduate students a high level of knowledge, skills, and professionalism that enable them to advance their careers by integrating courses with forefront research into the processes that formed and now modify the Earth.

Program Learning Objectives 

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 reports about geologic issues.
  • Apply different geological methods to collect data and solve geological problems.
  • Produce high quality written and oral responses to multifaceted questions about geologic issues.