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Professional Science Masters in Economic Geology

The Professional Science Masters in Economic Geology (PSM/EG) is designed to provide geologists with the technical and leadership skills required by mineral industries around the globe. Candidates are usually young professionals who have a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences and a job in the minerals industry.

Group PhotoThe PSM/EG covers a broad spectrum of mining-related activities, from discovery, to production, to mine closure. The program can be completed in one year and requires a written report in lieu of a formal thesis.

The PSM/EG involves two semesters of residence at the University of Arizona. During this period, students attend semester-long classes and short courses that draw from the four subject areas identified below. Students must sample courses from at least three of the four areas.

  • Exploration and Development
  • Mining and Processing
  • Economics, Business, and People
  • Health, Environment, and Safety

Candidates are usually sponsored by their employers. The following link provides a cost estimate for one year at the University of Arizona.


Individuals must have completed an undergraduate degree in geology or a related field in order to apply to the PSM/EG. The required core curriculum consists of:

  • A course in the Geosciences Department, Project Stages and Best Practices.
  • At least one of the two business courses (B AD 510: Business Fundamentals for Scientists, or MIS 578: Project Management) especially designed for the Professional Master's Degree Programs by the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.
  • Two to five units of research credits to complete a written research report and a public presentation (talk or poster). A formal thesis is optional.
  • An internship, which normally would take three months to complete. The internship will be waived for those with experience in industry.

The required subject area coursework consists of:

  • At least 18 units of qualifying courses drawn from the subject areas (in red above).
    Every student must take at least one course from three of the four subject areas.

Application Process

Candidates interested in applying to the PSM/EG must complete the following two steps.

  1. Submit an Application to the UA Graduate College

  2. Submit an Application to the Department of Geosciences
Note: No GRE exam is required for admission to the program. Applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university must complete the TOEFL (or equivalent) to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the application process or need assistance, please contact us using the phone number or email address provided below.

  Rocio Brambila
Department of Geosciences
The University of Arizona
1040 East Fourth Street Rm. 342
Tucson, AZ 85721-0077
Phone: 520-626-4962
Fax: 520-621-2672
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