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M.S. in Geology: General

 Admission
 

A student is admitted to the geology Master of Science program provided he/she meets the entrance requirements and has been accepted as an advisee by a geology faculty member. This faculty member will identify any undergraduate course deficiencies that the student must correct either before or after matriculating to the University. These deficiencies will be communicated to the student at the time he/she is notified of the ES Department’s admission decision. Students may choose between research-intensive (thesis) and coursework-intensive (non-thesis) tracks in fulfilling the requirements for the MS degree.

There is within the geology graduate program a major focus on Earth Surface Processes and students may choose to specialize in this area. For more information about this focus click here.

 
 Option A: Research-Intensive (Thesis) Track
 

Students admitted into this degree track must:

1.   Work with their thesis adviser to finalize the thesis topic in their first semester. The thesis adviser chairs the student’s thesis committee and has primary responsibility for the student's academic advising and research direction.  The thesis committee will consist of at least three members, including the thesis adviser, who must be a full member of the University’s Graduate Faculty. At least two of the committee members must be faculty in the ES Department, as well as members of the Graduate Faculty. One or more committee members may come from other departments or even outside the University. Committee members are chosen by the thesis adviser in consultation with the student. For some research topics it may be necessary to have two faculty members serving as co-advisers who share in all advising and supervisory duties, and constitute two of the three required thesis committee members.

2.   Complete a ‘Plan of Study’ by the end of the first semester, which is approved by the student’s thesis adviser (or co-advisers), the departmental graduate adviser, and the College of Graduate Studies (for an online form click here). A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved graduate course work is required for the master’s degree and a minimum of 19 hours must be earned in the major subject area. In addition, each Plan of Study must include the following courses (except when taken previously while an undergraduate at UT or as an equivalent course elsewhere):

a. EEES 5200 - Advanced Quaternary Geology (3 hrs)
b. EEES 5240 - Soil Science (3 hrs)
c. EEES 5410 - Hydrogeology (3 hrs)
d. EEES 6100 - Glacial Stratigraphy and Geophysics (3 hrs)
e. EEES 6930 - Seminar (1 hr), and
f. at least 6 credit hours of other EEES courses at the 5000 level or above (excluding EEES 6960 or 6990) that must be taken for a letter grade (A-F)
.

The remaining 11 credit hours shall include EEES 6960 (Thesis Research), a maximum of 6 hours of which may be taken for a letter grade, and may also include other EEES or non-EEES courses that need not be taken for a letter grade.

Upon the thesis adviser's request and with the approval of the College of Graduate Studies, up to one-third of the credit hours for the required coursework may be transferred from another institution provided the student earned a grade of B or better for the courses in question.

3.   Make up any undergraduate course deficiencies. These courses will not count toward the 30 hours required for the master's degree.

4.   Submit a thesis research proposal to the departmental graduate adviser by no later than the end of the seventh week of the Spring semester if starting in the Fall, or the end of Summer Session I if starting in the Spring (for more information on this proposal click here). For those students supported by a departmental assistantship or tuition scholarship, continuation of financial support for a second year is contingent upon them making good progress on their thesis research during the first year, and submitting an approved research proposal by the required date is part of the expected progress.

5.   File an approved 'Graduate Research Advisory Committee Approval and Assurance' form with the College of Graduate Studies before thesis research commences (for a copy of this form click here).

6.   Meet with their thesis committee (resident UT faculty members need only attend) at least once every academic year until graduation. The final committee meeting for the thesis defense does not count as one of these meetings. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate these meetings.

7.   Prepare a thesis consisting of a written report on original independent research conducted by the student under the supervision of his or her thesis adviser (or co-advisers). The thesis should be prepared in accordance with the format specified by the aforementioned adviser and departmental regulations as well as be consistent with the guidelines presented in the ‘Handbook for Preparation of Graduate Dissertations, Projects, and Theses’ issued by the College of Graduate Studies (for a copy of the Handbook click here). In addition, each thesis should contain a title page listing the student's thesis committee with the signatures of all committee members to certify the acceptability of the thesis as partial fulfillment of the degree requirements. The committee members have the right to suggest revisions, deletions or additions to the thesis manuscript, but the thesis adviser (or co-advisers) ultimately decides what changes will be made.

8.   Pass an oral defense of the thesis. In order for a thesis defense to be scheduled, the student must complete the 'MS Thesis & PhD Dissertation Defense Request Form' and also post the defense announcement at least one week prior to the defense date (for a copy of the form click here). This form requires the signed approval of all members of the thesis committee as well as the departmental graduate adviser. By signing the form, committee members affirm that they have had an opportunity to read and comment upon the thesis, and were provided with a copy of the thesis draft that will be defended. The defense will involve an illustrated, public lecture by the student on his/her research before the thesis committee, and interested faculty and students. This is followed by questioning from the committee, and approval of the thesis is contingent upon its successful defense during the questioning (for more information on the defense click here).

9.   Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 0-4.0 scale) for both the overall coursework as well as for courses taken within the ES Department.

10. Apply for graduation before the deadline specified by the College of Graduate Studies (for a copy of the required form click here).

11. Submit two unbound and signed copies of the approved thesis to the College of Graduate Studies and two (or three, if the thesis is co-advised) unbound and signed copies plus a pdf file to the ES Department by the last day of the semester in which the student wishes to graduate. All copies must be of identical high quality and content. In place of the two copies to the College of Graduate Studies, the student has the option of submitting one printed copy plus another electronic copy via Ohio Link (see the College of Graduate Studies for instructions).

 
 Option B: Coursework-Intensive (Non-Thesis) Track
 

Students admitted into the non-thesis degree track must:

1.   Choose a project adviser from among the geology faculty and project topic prior to the completion of the first semester in the program. The project adviser chairs the student’s advisory committee, and has primary responsibility for the student's academic advising and project direction.  The advisory committee will consist of at least three members, including the project adviser, who must be a full member of the University's Graduate Faculty. At least two of the committee members must be faculty in the ES Department as well as members of the Graduate Faculty. One or more committee members can come from other departments or even outside the University. Committee members are chosen by the project adviser in consultation with the student. For some research topics it may be necessary to have two faculty members serving as co-advisers who share in all advising and supervisory duties, and constitute two of the three required advisory committee members.

2.   Complete a 'Plan of Study' by the end of the first semester, which is approved by the student’s project adviser (or co-advisers), the departmental graduate adviser, and the College of Graduate Studies (for an on-line form click here). A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework is required. Each Plan of Study must include EEES 6100 Glacial Stratigraphy and Geophysics, 1 credit hour of EEES 6930 (Seminar), and a maximum of 3 credit hours of EEES 6960 (Master's Research) or EEES 6990 (Independent Study). Of the remaining 18 credit hours of coursework, at least 12 credits of additional, letter graded (A-F) EEES lecture or laboratory courses (5000 level or higher) should be completed from the courses listed below:

EEES 5200 - Advanced Quaternary Geology (3 hrs) 
EEES 5240 - Soil Science (3 hrs) 
EEES 5410 - Hydrogeology (3 hrs)
EEES 6930 - Seminar (1 hr)


Remaining coursework may be taken either within or outside the ES Department, should be for a letter grade and must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Upon the advisory committee's request and with the approval of the College of Graduate Studies, up to one-third of the credit hours for the required coursework may be transferred from another institution provided the student earned a grade of B or better for the courses in question.

3.   Make up any undergraduate course deficiencies during the first year (including summer) at the University. These courses will not count toward the 30 hours required for the master's degree.

4.   File an approved 'Graduate Research Advisory Committee Approval and Assurance' form with the College of Graduate Studies before research commences (for a copy of this form click here).

5.   Meet with their advisory committee (resident UT faculty members need only attend) at least once every academic year until graduation. The final committee meeting for the project defense does not count as one of these meetings. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate these meetings.

6.   Prepare a project report based on literature research conducted by the student under the supervision of his or her project adviser (or co-advisers). The report should be prepared in accordance with the format specified by the advisory committee.

7.  Pass an oral defense of the project results. The defense will involve an illustrated, public lecture by the student on his/her research before the advisory committee, interested faculty and students. This is followed by questioning from the committee, and approval of the project is contingent upon its successful defense during the questioning.

8.  Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 0-4.0 scale) for both the overall coursework as well as for courses taken within the ES Department.

9.  Apply for graduation before the deadline specified by the College of Graduate Studies (for a copy of the required form click here).

10. Submit two unbound and signed copies of the approved project to the Graduate College and two (or three, if the project is co-advised) unbound and signed copies plus a PDF file to the ES Department by the last day of the semester in which the student wishes to graduate. All copies must be of identical high quality and content. In place of the two copies to the College of Graduate Studies, the student has the option of submitting one printed copy plus another electronic copy via Ohio Link (see the College of Graduate Studies for instructions).

 
 Additional Information
 

All students with a graduate assistantship and pursuing either MS degree option are encouraged to obtain at least one semester of formal teaching experience as an instructor in a laboratory course.

Work for the master's degree will generally require two years of full-time study beyond the bachelor's degree. Additional time may be taken but the credit hours applied toward the degree must have been earned within the period of six years preceding the time the degree is awarded.

In addition to the above departmental requirements and forms, there are others specific to the College of Graduate Studies (for pre-graduation checklist click here).

Changes or waivers of these requirements may be recommended at any time by the thesis committee. Such recommendations must be approved by the departmental Graduate Affairs Committee unless they are of a substantive nature in which case their approval requires a majority vote of the departmental faculty.

 
Last Updated: 3/22/15