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Master of Science in Geology (Thesis Option)


Master’s degrees are designed to provide very advanced academic and professional knowledge and skill for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a high level of achievement, normally a GPA of 3.0 or better. The Master of Science (MS) curriculum is designed to develop advanced understanding through research and creativity of wide range of investigations in petroleum geology and hydrogeology/environmental geology emphases, with focus primarily on geological processes. Furthermore, students will become familiar with recent developments in the Earth sciences through a range of coursework and investigative projects. Students have the option to pursue a thesis-based Master of Science degree (MS) as either full-time or part-time students, or a non-thesis-based Master of Geology (M Geol) degree. The latter intended for working professionals seeking to upgrade their skillsets with the latest approaches and techniques in the Earth sciences. Given that the last revisions to the Geology Master’s programs were enacted over a decade ago, it has become timely and necessary to address modernization of our programs.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor’s (BS) Degree in engineering or science from a recognized institution with a major in the proposed field or evidence of suitable background for entering the proposed field.
  • A Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent (For Scholarship Applicants) or 2.50 or higher on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent (For Non-Scholarship Applicants).
  • Completion of TOEFL with a minimum score of 520 (PBT), 190 (CBT) or 70 (IBT). The TOEFL score must be sent directly to the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (KFUPM code is 0868). IELTS is also acceptable (min 6.0).
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from the faculty who taught the applicant university-level courses [to be submitted through the online recommendation system].
  • Satisfactorily meeting any additional departmental or university admission requirements.