Graduate Programs


The research-based Geology master's degree program at The University of Toledo combines practical skills and academic knowledge. 

Our graduate students learn to assess, understand and solve geology-related problems. They choose a thesis or non-thesis track and: 

  • Receive personalized training in a variety of near-surface geophysical methods with state-of-the-art equipment 
  • Develop desirable skills in GIS, remote sensing and sediment coring 
  • Learn to collect and analyze data to solve problems 

The master's degree program faculty has expertise in Quaternary geology and water resources, with an emphasis on environmental geology.

Our program focuses on near-surface geology, emphasizing: 

  • Coastal geology
  • Glacial geology and geomorphology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Quaternary geology
  • Water resources

Top Reasons to Study geology at UToledo

  1. High job-placement rate.
    There is a growing demand for UToledo Geology students by state geological surveys in the Midwest. Most of our geology master's students are employed by the time they graduate. 
  2. State-of-the-art tools.

    UT graduate students in geology have access to the latest equipment, including: 

    • Geophysical equipment to investigate shallow, sub-surface stratigraphy on land and water 
    • Coring equipment from land, water and ice platforms 
    • Fleet of drones to complement more traditional remote-sensing and GIS methods 
  3. A rich, natural laboratory.
    The region around UT offers abundant natural sites that allow our master's students to study:
    • Deglacial history and formation of the Great Lakes basins
    • Formation and history of sand dunes around the Great Lakes
    • Geologic history of natural areas
    • Groundwater flow patterns in aquifers feeding wet prairies
    • Mine subsidence
    • Watershed modelling of runoff and nutrient loading in Lake Erie
  4. Teamwork.
    Geology students get a holistic understanding of unique ecological areas. They work on interdisciplinary projects with UToledo ecologists who also are part of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Master's candidates study groundwater/surface-water interactions and use geophysical and remote-sensing techniques to map ecological regions. 
  5. Regional partnerships.
    Our graduate students benefit from our collaboration with experts from the Ohio, Michigan and Indiana geological surveys, who assist with field experiments.  
  6. Competitive funding.
    UToledo Geology graduate students can apply for research grants and teaching assistantships (minimum $17,500/year).

The award-winning faculty members in the Geology master's program have national and international reputations. They have expertise in a variety of areas, including: 

  • Coastal and marine geology
  • General hydrogeology
  • Geomorphology
  • Groundwater resources
  • Invertebrate paleontology/paleoecology
  • Land subsidence
  • Oceanography
  • Quaternary history of the Great Lakes

UToledo master's students in Geology are active, productive researchers. Many student-research projects are based on near-surface, high-resolution geophysical methods and remote sensing applications. You can learn more about students' thesis projects here. 

Geology graduate students have won numerous awards, including: 

  • Ohio Rocks! grants to support master's degree research  
  • Graduate research grants from the Geological Society of America  
  • Best Environmental Sciences Presentation 2018 from the Midwest Graduate Research Symposium (MGRS) 


What jobs can I get with a geology degree?

During the past 10 years, nearly all UToledo master's students in Geology have been employed within six months of defending their theses. Many found positions even before they graduated, working for geological surveys, city governments and environmental consulting firms. 

UToledo Geology graduates have been employed as: 

  • Assistant professor, Central Connecticut State University
  • Data scientist, Boston Consulting Group
  • Environmental business manager, Atlantic Richfield Company, Butte, Mont.
  • Environmental consultant, Mannik Smith Group, Maumee, Ohio
  • Glacial geology research scientist, Indiana Geological and Water Survey
  • Hydrologist, Flynn Environmental, Inc., Akron, Ohio
  • Project manager and geologist, NAEVA Geophysics, Inc., New York City

Graduates of our Geology master's program also have pursued Ph.D.s at such universities as: 

  • Indiana University 
  • University of Illinois 
  • University of Nebraska 
  • University of Wisconsin 






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Last Updated: 4/24/24