The M.S. degree program in geology is oriented towards providing the student with a broad background in geology with the opportunity for specialization through electives, thesis research and directed studies. Although faculty members and students are active in research, quality teaching is emphasized. The faculty attempts to maintain a close, informal relationship with students in all phases of their work. A low graduate student/faculty ratio (~2/1) makes this possible.
Degree Options and Requirements
Students may complete the M.S. program following either thesis or nonthesis options. The thesis option requires (1) a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the undergraduate degree, 21 of which must be graduate-level geology courses; and (2) satisfactory completion of a thesis chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The nonthesis option, intended for nontraditional students, requires (1) a minimum of 40 semester hours, at least 27 of which must be graduate-level geology courses; and
(2) satisfactory completion of a "capstone" experience under faculty guidance.
Both degree options require (1) satisfactory completion of a summer field course or comparable field experience prior to beginning the second year of residence and (2) demonstrated working knowledge of a computer language or computer-based geographic information system (G.I.S.) before graduation.
Teaching assistantships (nine-month appointment), which currently carry a stipend of %7e$1,414 and a complete tuition waiver, are now competitively available to qualified applicants. Research assistantships, which carry a comparable stipend and an out-of-state tuition waiver, also may be available depending on current faculty grants. In awarding assistantships, preference is given to applicants who pursue the thesis option.
New Tuition Fellowship Policy states that University funded in-state tuition support will cover 110% of the number of hours required for a graduate degree. Read the attached for details.
Admission to the M.S. program requires a bachelor's degree in Geology or related Earth Science discipline. In addition, an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General test only), and three supporting letters of recommendation are required.
Applications for admission can be initiated online via the Auburn University Graduate School Web page (https://fp.auburn.edu/gradschl/gwaap/Default.aspx). GRE scores and an official undergraduate transcript from all colleges attended must be submitted directly to the Graduate School at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student desires to enroll (preferably by February 1st if financial assistance is requested). In addition to GRE scores, international applicants also are required to submit official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the Graduate School. Transcripts and test scores should be sent to:
Ms. Theresa Morgan
Director of Graduate Admissions
Auburn, AL 36849-5122, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4700
For transmitting official GRE scores from ETS, please use the following institution and department codes for Auburn University and the Department of Geology and Geography:
Institution code: 1005
Departmental code: 5199
Three supporting letters of recommendation, prepared on official letterhead of the referees, should be sent directly to:
Dr. Ashraf Uddin
Graduate Program Officer
Department of Geology and Geography
210 Petrie Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-5305, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4885
Finally, students are encouraged to contact individual Geology faculty member(s) who might share their research interests.