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Admissions and Eligibility

The typical student in the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) program is a practicing professional with an undergraduate degree in Geology, Engineering, Chemistry, Math or the equivalent. Many of our students are established geotechnical or environmental professionals interested in the types of career advancement that require graduate-level credentials and skills, including specialized knowledge needed in order to obtain a Professional Geologist license.

Applicants should have a solid foundation in Geology and the physical sciences including physics, chemistry and math. Although no specific prerequisite courses are required of applicants, the most successful students in the program are those who have these courses in their background.

Your application to the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate academic record at an accredited college or university
  • Work experience
  • Career objectives and reasons for choosing the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program at Penn
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable

See Application Overview for specific requirements.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward earning your Master of Science in Applied Geosciences degree at Penn is completing the online application.

You may apply to begin your studies during the fall or spring terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall 2015 admission
Application deadline: April 1, 2015

Spring 2016 admission
Application deadline: November 1, 2015

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Members of the MSAG Program Team are here to answer your questions face-to-face on the second Wednesday of each month.

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Application Deadline: April 1st

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"My final project was done in conjunction with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md." -- Eileen Capitoli '08

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