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Admissions and Eligibility

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 fall or spring terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Admission Cycle Deadline
Spring 2021 November 1, 2020
International applicants should submit their application by October 1, 2020, to allow time to obtain visas.
Fall 2021 December 15, 2020
Priority application deadline

April 1, 2021

Start your application now

You may experience delays in the processing and review of your application due to the COVID-19 virus. We will work with any applicant who is missing documents due to testing delays and closings. Our team may be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please contact us if you have questions at (215) 746-6905 or lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu.

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Student & alumni stories

“There aren’t many programs around that offer the same technical focus or insight into the industry quite like the MSAG program.”
- Mark Lotto, MSAG ‘16