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Geoscience, M.S., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s graduate programs in geoscience can prepare you for careers in private industry and government agencies.

About the Program

SLU offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geoscience and has long boasted a strength in seismology and geophysics. The program recently expanded its research expertise to include the interdisciplinary area of environmental science and remote sensing.

Concentrations are available in geology, geophysics and environmental geoscience in the master’s program and geophysics and environmental geoscience in the Ph.D. program.

Active research areas include tectonics, Precambrian crustal evolution, remote sensing, sedimentary geology and sedimentation, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, structural geology and fluid-rock interaction.

About the Department

SLU’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has a tradition of combining strong classroom and field-based instruction with internationally recognized research. Our work encompasses a broad spectrum of the physical sciences, including seismology and solid earth geophysics, tectonics, synoptic meteorology, environmental systems and the study of modern and ancient climate change.

Program Highlights

SLU’s geology research facilities include a network of seismograph stations surrounding the New Madrid fault zone, state-of-the-art seismic observatories that transmit data by satellite from sites distributed across a broad region of the central United States; excellent computing facilities consisting of LINUX, Solaris, MAC and PC workstations; rock preparation and mineral separation facilities; a stable isotope geochemistry lab; a remote sensing lab; and a digital image analysis lab.

Extensive research is conducted at SLU's Earthquake Center and the Seismic Analysis and Remote Sensing Laboratories.

Curriculum and Program Details
Master of Science in Geoscience

The M.S. program prepares students for careers in private industry and government agencies or for further advanced studies. The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours to complete; the thesis option requires 24 credit hours to complete, plus six credit hours of thesis credit.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geoscience

The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in academic research, teaching, government or industrial research environments. A minimum of 48 credit hours of preparation is required when the doctorate is pursued directly from the baccalaureate.

  • Karl Chauff, Ph.D.
  • David J. Crossley, Ph.D.
  • John Encarnacion, Ph.D.
  • Daniel M. Hanes, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth A. Hasenmueller, Ph.D.
  • Robert B. Herrmann, Ph.D.
  • Linda M. Warren, Ph.D.
  • Abuduwasiti Wulami, Ph.D.
  • Lupei Zhu, Ph.D.

After graduating, you might pursue a career as an earthquake hazard analyst, environmental consultant or an exploration geophysicist.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
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Scholarships and Financial Aid
More than 80 percent of SLU geoscience graduate students are supported through fellowships or grants. External grant funding typically runs more than $500,000 per year. The main funding agencies are the U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Department of Energy.

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants possess sufficient test scores, a sufficient GPA and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international students).

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship and Application Deadlines

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their applications by Feb. 1.

U.S. students should apply for the fall semester by July 1 and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1 and for the spring semester by Oct. 1.

Review Process

Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.