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Geological Sciences (MS,PhD)

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Program Overview

The University of Delaware offers academic and research programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geological Sciences to qualified students who hold bachelor's degrees in the field of geology or related science and engineering disciplines. Major research emphases are coastal and marine geology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy, Quaternary geology, and near-surface geophysics.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Geological Sciences is evaluated on the basis of the applicant's GRE scores, undergraduate record, three letters of recommendation and research interests language. Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 1050. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 is required for foreign applicants for whom English is not the first language. Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Geological Sciences is selective and competitive based on the number of qualified applicants and the availability of faculty and facilities. Students who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Financial Aid

Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for more information.

Requirements for the Degrees

Requirements for the Master of Science degree include 30 credits of graduate study (6 of which are thesis credits) and the research, preparation, and defense of a thesis. Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree include a Master of Science degree, an oral and written comprehensive exam, a course program developed with the student's dissertation committee (including 9 credits of dissertation research), and the research, preparation, and defense of the dissertation. All graduate students are required to register for GEOL 601 (Geological Sciences at Delaware) during their first fall term at the University. GEOL 605 (Stratigraphy) is also required of all graduate students. For both the MS and PhD degrees, course programs are otherwise developed on an individual basis to meet the specific needs of the student. The program of study and research is formed by student consultation with the advisor and thesis or dissertation research committee. Because of the value of the teaching experience, PhD candidates are expected to teach a course or laboratory section for at least one semester.


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