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Requirements for Admission

In addition to the materials required of all Master's program applicants by the UTEP Graduate School, applicants for the M.S. in Geophysics must provide

  1. Three letters of reference
  2. A personal statement/essay explaining the applicant's motivation for pursuing the M.S. in Geophysics and their qualifications and preparation for graduate study.

All Admission requirements will be reviewed holistically to assess the potential of the applicant.  The successful applicant would typically submit three letters of reference from supporting professionals or faculty in the field who can serve as judges of the applicant's competence and commitment, and a personal statement explaining the applicant's motivation for pursuing the M.S. in Geophysics and his or her qualifications and preparation for graduate study.

Requirements for Degree

All University-wide UTEP requirements for Master's degrees and graduate student progress will apply.  Graduate students are expected to enroll in the GEOL 5101 Graduate Seminar during every semester in residence.

Students must complete at least 30 semester hours, including three semester hours each of Thesis I and Thesis II, which may not be taken concurrently.  No more than six semester hours can be in Directed Study coursework and no more than nine semester hours can be in approved undergraduate coursework.

Thesis

A written thesis, approved by the student's thesis committee, is required for graduation.  The subject of the thesis is to be selected in consultation with the student's thesis advisor, and must be approved by the student's thesis committee.

Before enrolling in Thesis I, and prior to the start of the third full semester, all students must successfully complete a written thesis proposal.  The thesis proposal is successfully defended after it has been signed and approved by their thesis committee and circulated to and approved by the Department of Geological Sciences faculty.  The student's thesis committee shall be approved by the Department of Geological Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

The student is required to successfully defend the thesis on an open meeting under the supervision of his or her thesis committee.  A draft copy of the thesis, approved by the student's thesis advisor, must be submitted to the thesis committee 14 days before the defense.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Geophysics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
GEOL 5101Graduate Seminar (Student must enroll in Graduate Seminar every semester in residence)1
Graduate Course Work:
Select twenty-three hours from the following:23
Graduate Seminar
Geology of the Southwest
Selected Topics in Geol Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Selected Topics in Geol Scienc
Directed Study in Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Earth Materials
Studies in Oceanography
Paleobiology
Planetary Geology
Mineral Resrcs, Econ & Environ
Intro Entrepreneurial Geosci
Adv Entrepreneurial G.S.
Selected Topics-Geological Sci
Hydrogeology
Petroleum Geology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Geocomputation
Isotope Geology
Advanced Petrology
Environmental Geochemistry
Electron Probe Microanalysis
Directed Study in Geology
Sandstone Petrography
Sedimentary Depositional Envir
Basin Analysis
Quantit Techniq Geological Sci
Low Temperature Geochemistry
Global Biochemical Cycles
Petroleum Geochemistry
Paleoclimatology
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Applied Quaternary Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Environmental Risk Assessment
Geol/Mineral Resources Mexico
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Dissertation
Dissertation
Advanced Structural Geology
Tectonic Geomorphology
Sandstone Petrography
Carbonate Petrogrph & Dep. Env
Sedimentary Depositional Env
Sequence Stratigraphy
Hydrogeology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Groundwater in Geological Proc
Planetary Science
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Atmospheric Processes
Digital Image Processing
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Reflection Seismic Data Proces
Seismology
Topics in Geophysics
Well Logging
Plate Tectonics
Reflection Seismic Data Interp
Directed Study in Geophysics
North Amer Geophysical Framewk
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Advanced Seismology
Advanced Seismic Methods
Applications of Potential Thry
Thesis:
GEOL 5398
GEOL 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours30