M.S., Geophysics

  • Complete the following admission requirements:
  1. Submit GRE scores.
  2. Complete a background at least to the level of a B.S. concentration in geology, geophysics or an appropriate physical science or engineering.
  3. Complete MATH F302
  4. Recommended: MATH F314, MATH F421, PHYS F220

Concentrations: Solid-Earth Geophysics; Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics; Remote Sensing Geophysics

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
Complete 6-12 thesis credits
Complete any deficiencies concurrently with this degree.
Submit a written thesis proposal and pass an oral comprehensive examination centered on this proposal.
Complete and submit a written thesis and pass an oral defense of thesis.
Geophysics Core Requirements
GEOS F631Foundations of Geophysics4
GEOS F682Geoscience Seminar (fall semester)1
Select 6 credits from relevant graduate-level courses agreed by the advisory committee or select one from the following concentrations:6
Solid-Earth Geophysics
Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics
Remote Sensing
Select 7 credits of courses approved by the advisory committee7
GEOS F699Thesis6
Thesis credits or credits from courses that are F400-level or higher. 16
Total Credits30

The minimum credits required is 30. The required M.S. course work above represents 18 credits. The minimum number of thesis credits required is 6. The remaining 6 credits can either be thesis credits or courses that are F400-level or higher.


Solid-Earth Geophysics

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Applied Seismology
Global Tectonics
Tectonic Geodesy
Volcano Seismology
Total Credits6

Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Ice Physics
Sea Ice
Total Credits6

Remote Sensing

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing
Microwave Remote Sensing
Digital Image Processing in the Geosciences
Remote Sensing of Volcanic Eruptions
InSar and Its Applications
Atmospheric Radiation
Total Credits6