Geophysics (Thesis Option)
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Master of Science in Geophysics (Thesis Option)


Masters degrees are designed to provide very advanced academic and professional knowledge and skill for students who have completed a bachelor 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 a wide range of geophysical methods in hydrocarbon exploration with a focus primarily on data acquisition, processing, and interpretation. Furthermore, students will become familiar with recent geophysical developments through a range of coursework and investigative projects. Students have the option to pursue a thesis-inclusive Master of Science degree (MS) as either full-time or part-time students, or a non-thesis-based Master of Geophysics (M Geop) degree. The latter is often preferred by part-time students working in the industry.

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.