The typical student in the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) program is a practicing professional with an undergraduate degree in Geology, Engineering, Chemistry, Math or the equivalent. Many of our students are established geotechnical or environmental professionals interested in the types of career advancement that require graduate-level credentials and skills, including specialized knowledge needed in order to obtain a Professional Geologist license.
Applicants should have a solid foundation in Geology and the physical sciences including physics, chemistry and math. Although no specific prerequisite courses are required of applicants, the most successful students in the program are those who have these courses in their background.
Your application to the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Undergraduate academic record at an accredited college or university
- Work experience
- Career objectives and reasons for choosing the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program at Penn
- Letters of recommendation
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable
See Application Overview for specific requirements.
COVID-19 and admissions reviews
Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.
Application and deadlines
The first step toward earning your Master of Science in Applied Geosciences degree at Penn is completing the online application.
You may apply to begin your studies during the 2022 spring term. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:
|Term of Entry||Deadline|
|Spring 2022||November 1, 2021
International applicants should submit their application by October 1, 2021, to allow time to obtain visas.
Starting in fall 2022, the MSAG program will be delivered entirely online. Visit the new online MSAG site for more details >