Potential Students

Program Minimum  Requirements

  • Potential Students must have completed an undergraduate degree in geology or a related field in order to apply to the PSM/EG
  • Applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university must complete the TOEFL (or equivalent) to demonstrate proficiency in English.
  • No GRE exam is required for admission to this program, but submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation is required.

Sponsorship and Funding

In contrast to conventional MS and Ph.D. programs, no departmental support is offered by the Department of Geosciences to prospective students in the PSM/EG program. Candidates are usually sponsored by their employers or funded by the student's personal savings, as is generally the case for other graduate professional degrees. The following link provides a cost estimate for one year at the University of Arizona.

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications are accepted once each academic year, with classes beginning in mid-August.

General requirements for admission to University of Arizona are listed here:


The application deadline for  Fall 2024 will be due at 4:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST) on January 5, 2024

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

It is also very helpful to read our admissions,  Frequently-Asked-Questions Page!




  • The program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in a Master’s curriculum; thus, it is not a certificate program. In common with a Professional Master’s degree program.  The PSM/EG is fundamentally a science curriculum (as opposed to a business degree).
  • Students select an area of emphasis (degree track).
  • All students are required to take at least one qualifying course from three of the four subject areas.  At least 18 units must come from the list of qualifying courses listed in the table for the four subject areas. The proportion of courses from the various subject areas depends on the student’s area of emphasis (degree track).
  • Please see  the program description for more information


Research Project

A formal thesis is not required for the PSM/EG program, but students are required to complete a research project. The results of the research project will be presented in the form of both a written report (in the format of a scientific manuscript) and a presentation (talk or poster) in a public forum, such as the Geosciences Department’s annual GeoDaze student research forum. Students are encouraged to bring the topic of the research project with them from industry, potentially building on work they completed on the job. The project is supervised by a faculty advisor and two additional research committee members.