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:
Spring 2017 admission
Application deadline: November 1, 2016
International applicants should submit their application by October 1, 2016, to allow time to obtain visas.
Fall 2017 admission
Application deadline: April 1, 2017