College of the Extended University

Master of Science in Geology

Offered in Partnership with the College of Science, Department of Geological Sciences

The Cal Poly Pomona Geology Department offers a program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Geology. This graduate program is offered collaboratively by the College of Science and the College of the Extended University. 

Our Master’s program in Geology (MSG) is designed to prepare graduates for employment in all fields of geology, and teaching at secondary and community college levels. Emphasis is placed on applied skills demanded by potential employers. Fundamental to the program is a thorough understanding of basic geologic principles rooted in field and laboratory experiences. The geologic framework provided by the MS degree will enable graduates to meet the intellectual challenges of professional or academic careers and assume leadership roles in their profession. The program is sufficiently flexible to meet student interests in the application of geology to the solution of hydrologic, geophysical, environmental, geo-engineering, or resource extraction problems facing our society. As a polytechnic university, we are dedicated to the “Learn by Doing” philosophy and stress practical interactions between students, faculty, and industry/government professionals.

The Geology Department is a member of IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) and is involved in the California State University Water Resources and Policy Initiative. Faculty research endeavors are supported by grants from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, USGS National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, Southern California Earthquake Center, Department of Education, and JPL/Caltech. 

The Department maintains a robust alumni network, including many individuals who work in local geosciences industries and government agencies. 

The MSG program requires a minimum of 45 quarter units to complete the degree program. The program is constructed to accommodate all interests and flexibility, and will greatly enhance the job opportunities and career advancement for Earth scientists with Bachelor of Science degrees. Our program targets both working professionals and traditional graduate students who are finishing their B.S. degrees and perhaps are seeking a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program. Course scheduling will accommodate both afternoon and evening classes with most laboratories and field trips offered on weekends.