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MS Requirements

Graduate College (GC) forms will be routed through GradPath in UAccess. Geosciences (GEO) forms will be submitted to the Geosciences Graduate Office (Gould-Simpson room 210.) MS degrees are expected to take two years to complete. Students not following this schedule are at risk of making unsatisfactory academic progress.

Please refer to the Graduate College's Degree Requirements page for information about Graduate College forms.

Geosciences MS Handbook - link to PDF

REQUIRED Annual Committee Meeting Scheduling

It is your responsibility to arrange and hold your required yearly committee meeting with all three of your committee members. This meeting is not supposed to be a mini-oral exam; your advisory committee should benefit you by providing advice and support. The meeting (30-60 minimum) is an opportunity to discuss progress and goals as a group, identify relevant courses, provide advice, and consider funding opportunities. Please fill out the Annual Meeting Form with your members' names and date.

Prepare a brief (no more than one page) written report that summarizes your progress during the past year and outlines your goals for the coming year. Your prepared progress report should be signed by each member of the committee and a copy is due in the Geosciences Academic Affairs office (GLD-S 210).

Below is the recommended schedule for annual committee meetings for MS students. 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
YEAR ONE   Early Spring (Feb.-March)
YEAR TWO Late fall or very early spring   



First Semester

Responsible Conduct of Research (GC) Submit this form through GradPath. Required before any other forms can be filed.

Second Semester Master's Plan of Study (GC) Submit this form through GradPathList 30 units of course work.
Second Semester Master's Committee Appointment (GC) Submit this form through GradPath. The MS committee will consist of your advisor and two additional members. At least two of your committee members must be tenure-track faculty in Geosciences. 
Second Semester

Proposed Research (GEO)  Meet with committee and formulate research proposal. Submit Proposed Research form (GEO PDF file).

Fourth Semester

Public Presentation (GEO) Give a public presentation of your research. Submit Public Presentation form to Academic office (GEO PDF file).

Fourth Semester

by posted deadline

Submit Thesis Submit one copy of the thesis to the Graduate College. All students must submit one copy to the Department by the posted deadline.

  • Sample Thesis cover page
  • Obtain required thesis signature page with watermark from Graduate College.