College of the Extended University

Master of Science in Geology

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 prepares graduates for employment in all fields of Geological Science, placement into prestigious Ph.D. programs, and teaching at secondary and community college levels. We emphasize applied skills demanded by potential employers and academic institutions. 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 enables graduates to meet the intellectual challenges of their professional or academic careers and assume leadership roles in their profession. Our program enables students to apply Geoscience principles to the solution of hydrologic, geophysical, environmental, geo-engineering, or resource extraction problems facing society. As a polytechnic university, we are dedicated to a “Learn by Doing” philosophy and emphasize practical interactions between students, faculty, and industry/ government professionals.

The Geology Department is a member of IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology http://www.iris.edu/hq, and is involved in the California State University Water Resources and Policy Initiative http://www.calstate.edu/water. Faculty research endeavors are supported by grants from such agencies as 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 working in local geosciences industries and government agencies.

The MSG program requires a minimum of 30 semester 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.