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CSULB Geology Graduate Program

Earning a Masterís Degree in geology in our Department will prepare you for a rewarding career in the geological profession, or for entry into any of the elite Ph.D. geology programs around the country. You have already made a significant accomplishment by completing your undergraduate major in geology or earth science. Study in a Masterís program is the next logical step in your professional development, and will open the door to lucrative and satisfying employment in the petroleum industry, geotechnical/environmental firms, government agencies and more.

At CSULB you will receive advanced training from some of the most highly regarded geologists, with active research programs.†† You will work alongside other graduate students who came to us from all over the world.

Our M.S. degree program is open to any qualified student who has completed a B.S. or B.A. degree in geology, earth science or similar field. Students whose degrees are in other science disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If your undergraduate degree is in a non-science discipline, we encourage you to consider a second Baccalaureate program in our department.

A number of financial aid opportunities exist. The Johnson-Conrey Graduate Fellowship is available on a competitive basis to incoming graduate students. It provides a stipend of $15,000 a year for two years. Teaching and graduate assistantships are available. For out-of-state applicants who demonstrate unusual promise, we can request an out-of-state tuition waiver. Many of our faculty have external research grants that specifically support graduate student research assistants. The Department also welcomes any students who bring support with them, such as Fulbright scholarships.

A Masterís thesis project is a central requirement for the M.S. degree in our Department. Every graduate student has a faculty thesis advisor, and works on a research project under that professorís direction.Our faculty are active in research and in obtaining grants to support their graduate studentsí research projects. Below are listed research directions that you as a graduate student can participate in for your thesis research. We encourage you to contact any professor listed below whose research you are interested in. It is quite possible, and desirable, for you as an incoming student to already have identified a research direction, and professor who would become your thesis advisor. For further advice and information about our program, please contact the graduate advisor, Dr. Greg Holk.††

Research Interests and Programs in the Department

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