Rice University

School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Degree in Subsurface Geoscience


P.O. Box 1892, MS 103

P.O. Box 1892

Houston, TX 77252

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Professional M.S. - Subsurface Geoscience

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This 21-month program includes graduate level study in geophysical exploration methods, education in management and communication, and a 3 to 6-month internship. The objective is to educate business-savvy, scientifically trained leaders in the field of energy exploration.

The Subsurface Geoscience program is geared for students who would like to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to find and develop reserves of oil and natural gas.

The core requirements for the degree are strong courses in geophysical exploration methods, management and policy courses, communication skills, and an industrial internship. Students select a group of elective courses from a focus area (see below), or from a variety of other courses related to their interest.

    The Geology focus area prepares students to be "explorationists," with strong skills in using seismic and other geophysical methods along with geological principles to find oil and natural gas.
    The Geophysics focus area prepares students to become technical experts in aspects of exploration seismology.

Faculty members involved in the Professional M.S in Subsurface Geoscience Program include:

Dale S. Sawyer, Track Director and Advisor, Earth Science
Vitor Abreu, Earth Science
John B. Anderson, Earth Science
Andrew R. Barron, Chemistry
Steve H. Danbom, Earth Science
Gerald R. Dickens, Earth Science
Mary Purugganan/Liz Eich, PSM Professional Communication
André Droxler, Earth Science
Brandon Dugan, Earth Science
Fenglin Niu, Earth Science
Dan Carson, Dean of Natural Sciences
Julia Morgan, Earth Science
Rusty Riese, Earth Science
Colin A. Zelt, Earth Science


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. International Association for Management Education (AACSB); Texas Education Agency

International Student Requirements:


Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 39

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1400

In State Tuition (per year): 28000 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 28000 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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