The Geology Department at Humboldt State University offers a Masters program in Geology. The program is offered under the auspices of the Environmental Systems Graduate Program within the College of Natural Resources and Sciences. The degree conferred is: Master of Science, Environmental Systems Program, Geology Option.
So, what is our Geology Masters programs about? We are a small graduate program that matriculates about 3-6 new graduate students each year. We emphasize basic research and your graduate experience will revolve around your thesis research done with a mentor. The program consists of a set of required courses (including course options) as well as completion of the Masters thesis. Courses usually take three semesters to complete, but we expect that you will establish your thesis and get it rolling while you are completing classes.
The thesis is an original, curiosity-driven piece of independent research. The thesis is carried out under the mentorship of a primary adviser within the Geology Department.
How long to complete your master's degree? Residence time for course and thesis completion takes two to three years. Most graduate student residencies are closer to three years.
You can apply to our program without initially aligning yourself with a potential thesis advisor. However, we suggest you look through our Faculty and Research Associates on the geology home page and contact those faculty with whom you may want to work.
Thesis topics: Historically, our specialty has been (and still is) Quaternary geology, geomorphology and neotectonics; but theses may be completed in any field for which there is faculty mentorship available. Over the years, most Masters theses have been completed in the general areas of neotectonics or Quaternary geology. But we have had theses completed (or now ongoing) in structural geology, tectonics, economic geology, petrology and micropaleontology/climate change.
For a specific list of course requirements that encapsulates the above requirements in an official catalog format please view the Geology option for the Environmental Systems Master of Science.
The following link provides instructions for application to the Environmental Systems Graduate Program within the College of Natural Resources and Sciences. Visit the Graduate Studies for the most up-to-date information on the application process.
Arrange to have an official report of your GRE (general writing and math) scores sent to: Office of Admissions The Institution Code for Humboldt State University is 4345
One official transcript is required from any college or university you have ever attended. Official transcripts must be in their original sealed envelope. Official transcripts should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Transcript exception: You do not need to request transcripts for any work completed at Humboldt State University.
Send a detailed Statement of Purpose. Your statement should be a concise statement of your research interest including potential thesis topics if your interests are specifically focused. If you intend to work with a specific mentor and have already made contact, please indicate.
Send a resume of your work experience.
Contacting the College of Natural Resources and Sciences to ensure all required materials have been received before the deadline.