Geology Masters Canada Graduate Programs
Geology master's degree programs are classified as part of the geosciences. Geology is the study of the history, composition and processes of Earth. Geology has applications in a number of industries including environmental protection and conservation, energy and natural resource exploration and extraction and development and infrastructure projects.
Earning a master's degree in geology prepares students to enter the field of geology with the most up-to-date research tools, methods and technology as well as current geological principles.
Geology Master's Degree Program Curriculum
Master's degree programs in geology require particular undergraduate coursework. Some schools look for previous coursework in physics, chemistry, higher level mathematics and courses specific to geology such as mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy and various topics in geology.
While most graduate programs have a specific focus within the field of geology, typical courses of a master's in geology program include:
- Structural geology
- Advanced, focused courses in petrology
Field work is an important part of the graduate program and is often undertaken during summers. Each school offers different field areas.
Master’s programs in geology generally last two to three years, while Ph.D. programs range from three to six years. Master’s candidates are typically expected to produce a final research project, but it does not need to contain original research. In contrast, a Ph.D. candidate must typically complete a dissertation consisting of original and groundbreaking scientific research, and must pass qualifying exams.
Geologist Career Paths
Geologists find work in a variety of capacities including research positions, working with architectural and engineering firms and assisting with
environmentally conscious oil and gas extraction efforts. Others find environmental conservation positions and assist with building, infrastructure and waste remediation projects. Many geologists land positions with state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of the Interior.
Geologists Job Outlook
Jobs for geoscientists are expected to grow 16 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). New positions will largely be based in environmental protection and energy exploration and extraction, and positions supporting sustainability and responsible use of natural resources will be created. A large number of geologists might also find work as consultants especially with building and construction projects. Graduates with a master’s degree in geology are projected to have the best job prospects in the field.
According the BLS, the median annual salary for geologists in 2012 was $90,890. However, this figure ranges with industry of employment. The graph below provides 2012 median salary information for geologist employed in select industries.
- Thunder Bay, ONThunder Bay, ON
The M.Sc. program in geology is normally taken as a full-time study program over two academic years but many students have successfully completed thei...
- St. Catharines, ONSt. Catharines, ON
- Greater Sudbury, ONGreater Sudbury, ON
The location of Laurentian University at Sudbury offers ready access to a wide variety of geological environments embracing Archean volcanic and sedim...
- Hamilton, ONHamilton, ON
- Wolfville, NSWolfville, NS
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Acadia University offers instruction and research training leading to the MSc degree in Geology.
- Ottawa, ONOttawa, ON
- Burnaby, BCBurnaby, BC
Simon Fraser University
- Ottawa, ONOttawa, ON
University of Ottawa
- Toronto, ONToronto, ON
University of Toronto
Faculty in the department conduct field-based research on both land and sea throughout the world, as well as experimental studies of rock-forming proc...
- Guelph, ONGuelph, ON
University of Guelph
- Edmonton, ABEdmonton, AB
University of Alberta
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences was founded on July 1, 1995 as a result of the merger of the former Departments of Geography and Geology. The Department offers the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy i...
- Winnipeg, MBWinnipeg, MB
University of Manitoba
Master of Science and Ph.D. programs are offered in Geology and in Geophysics. Each program requires completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of approved courses, completion of GEOL 7760 Geological Sciences Graduate Seminar and a research project and...
- Fredericton, NBFredericton, NB
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton
- Halifax, NSHalifax, NS
- North York, ONNorth York, ON
This program is a multidisciplinary research program associated with the Centre for Research in Earth & Space Science (CRESS). You’ll join a group of students from a wide range of backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer scien...
- London, ONLondon, ON
University of Western Ontario
The Department of Earth Sciences offers programs leading to the MSc and PhD degrees in a wide range of field and laboratory-related disciplines in Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Science.
- Waterloo, QCWaterloo, QC
University of Waterloo
Earth Sciences offers a broad range of programs with a focus on the general area of Environmental Geology. Research is carried out in the interpretation of geologic and hydrogeologic processes, the description and interpretation of modern and ancient ge...
- Quebec, QCQuebec, QC
- Saskatoon, SKSaskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
- Vancouver, BCVancouver, BC
University of British Columbia
UBC and the Province of British Columbia offer exceptional opportunity for combined field and laboratory research. The Canadian Cordillera offers research opportunities in: petrology of intrusive and volcanic rocks of many kinds, and of metamorph...