rotating photos Professional Master's Degree in Geoscience (MGeo)

The MGeo program in the Department of Geology and Geophysics (GG) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) provides a master's degree with training and practical experience in applied geoscience. The MGeo is for individuals, including working professionals, who have completed a bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, math, or engineering. The MGeo is intended to prepare students to pursue a career in a variety of fields such as geological and environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, natural hazard mitigation, climate change adaption, natural resource exploration, renewable energy development, and more. See the AGI website for more information about geoscience and geoscience careers.

The time to degree is normally shorter than a traditional M.S because, rather than a research thesis, MGeo students do a professional work project over a period of a few months.

Distinguishing Features

Course Requirements

See an example course schedule and template as a pdf or excel download.

Writing Course Requirement: At least 3 credit hours must be taken in either an undergraduate course that is designated as “writing intensive” (WI-focus) or an alternate course with an equivalent writing experience (in which case a memo indicating so is provided by the instructor and kept in the student's file).

MGeo Professional Work Project: MGeo students do a professional work project instead of a thesis. Students conduct the work as a volunteer, intern, or employee of a local company or agency. In so doing, the student earns the 6 credits of GG 750 MGeo Professional Project. Students present their results in (a) a written report or technical paper, as well as (b) a talk given either at UHM or at the sponsoring organization. Projects are advised by the primary GG faculty advisor, a representative of the sponsoring organization, and another GG graduate faculty member.

How to Apply
Admission requirement: A bachelor's degree in natural science, math, or engineering from an accredited university, showing strong academic performance (a B average or above, although one can petition for an exception). Application materials will include a statement of objectives, the GG Department’s supplemental information form, three letters of recommendation, official transcript from each institution attended, official GRE scores, and official TOEFL scores for international applicants. See the OGE site and the University of Hawai‘i OGE Admissions pages for more information. Applications are due January 15 for admission in the Fall semester and August 15 for the Spring semester.

Contact Info:

GG Graduate Admissions
Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
POST Building, Suite 701
1680 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
tel: 808-956-6105 -- fax: 808-956-5512

Students of the MGeo Program

Course Info

Department Information for Current Students

G&G Student Work


5 Yr Draft Department Course Schedule