Geology MS

Master of Science in Geology

The School of Earth, Environment and Society offers a curriculum leading to the Master of Science degree in Geology.  We aim to give students a sufficient background in geology and related fields to successfully pursue a career in research, teaching, or industry.

Our program has earned a national reputation for applying the modern tools of geospatial technology to geological and environmental problems. These tools, which are applicable to any discipline in geology, from environmental geology to mineralogy to paleontology, give our graduates an edge in today's job market. Within this broad framework, individual programs are tailored to each student's interests and background. Most ongoing student research involves an integration of field and lab work with computer applications.

The School especially welcomes applications from non-traditional students having undergraduate degrees in areas such as environmental studies, geography, physical or biological sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Applicants with diverse backgrounds may pursue accelerated programs designed to give them a sound background in geology in a minimum amount of time. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of geology, students with diverse backgrounds will find many career opportunities open to them.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Geology are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to explain ideas and concepts in several content areas within the discipline of geology 
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain in-depth ideas and concepts in area of specialization 
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an original geoscience research project, with appropriate use of scientific methods, robust sampling, and analytical methodologies 
  • Demonstrate the ability to defend and communicate the results and interpretations of an original research project 

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Geology program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019/20.


Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Geology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Geology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.