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Admissions and Eligibility

Admissions and Eligibility

The typical student in the online Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) program is a practicing professional with an undergraduate degree in geology, engineering, chemistry, math, environmental science, 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 project management experience and the specialized knowledge needed in order to obtain a Professional Geologist license. Please note: Due to US government immigration regulations, international students in this program are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 visas or for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation.

Applicants should have a solid foundation in the physical sciences including geology, 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 online Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program is evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate academic record at an accredited college or university
  • Work experience
  • Career objectives and reasons for choosing the online Master of Science in Applied Geoscience program at Penn
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable

See Application Overview for specific requirements. 

Application and deadlines

The first step toward earning your online 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:

Term of Entry Deadline
Fall 2023 Regular deadline: April 1, 2023
Spring 2024 November 1, 2023

Start your application now

A degree for your professional aspirations

A degree for your professional aspirations

See how our curriculum prepares you to accelerate your career.

Learn about the program, curriculum, and application process.

Virtual Information Session

Join us on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, for a virtual information session to hear more about the program, curriculum, and application process.

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Online Virtual Café

Online Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Virtual Café

Join us on the first Thursday of every month for an online chat, hosted live from noon - 1 p.m.