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Economic Geology (PSM) 
Program Description

The Professional Science Master's in Economic Geology (PSM/EG) is a post-graduate education and training program designed to provide geologists with the technical and leadership skills required by mineral industries around the globe. Candidates are usually professionals who have a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences or a related field and a job in the minerals industry but wish to obtain further education and training that will allow them to compete globally with other professionals for career-track positions leading to management opportunities.  

The PSM/EG covers a broad spectrum of mining-related activities, from discovery, to production, to mine closure. This program emphasizes technical aspects but also includes essential business and management components.

The program can be completed in two semesters if the student is efficient and can focus entirely on completing the degree, but flexibility is available to purse the degree over a somewhat longer period of time while working locally part time.

The PSM/EG has degree requirements that differ from those of a conventional MS degree in Geosciences. The course requirements are not identical, and the PSM/EG requires a written research report in lieu of a formal thesis.       

The four emphasis areas (degree tracks) are identified below:

  1. Exploration geology: For those students interested in pursuing a career in discovering new ore deposits, generally working in teams dominated by geoscientists.

  2. Development geology: For those geologists who will be testing the feasibility of deposits, bringing newly discovered deposits into production, and expanding existing operations, typically as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team.                

  3. Mining geology: For those geologists who will be contributing to the efficient mining and processing of ore at operating mines, generally as a member of the professional staff at an operating mine.

  4. Environmental geology: For those geologists who will be applying geologic science to the environmental aspects of the mining industry, such as permitting new mines or monitoring and controlling water quality and supply in the vicinity of active and closed mining operations, typically as a member of an environmental team at a mine site, a member of a corporate environmental staff, or an employee of an environmental consulting firm.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Geosciences -

The Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, focuses on research and education in the nature, genesis, and history of the Earth and its crust, and the evolution of the environment and biota at the Earth's surface.

Our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are active in biogeochemistry; climate dynamics; geoarchaeology; geochemistry; geochronology; geomorphology; geophysics; mineral resources; mineralogy; paleolimnology; palynology; paleontology; petrology; sedimentology and stratigraphy; structure; and tectonics.

We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs.

US National Research Council Rankings - We are one of nine programs, and one of only four in public institutions, to rank in the top 10 in both "survey" and "regression" rankings.

The Department of Geosciences at the University Of Arizona is ranked #3 In Geology, #8 In Earth Sciences, And #11 In Geochemistry Iin the most recent U.S. News and World Report National Survey of Graduate Programs.

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Anne L Chase
Graduate Program Coordinator
Anne L Chase
Director of Graduate Studies
Paul A Kapp
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GPA 3.0
GRE not required
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose, and résumé/CV

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended tests:
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Minimum GMAT:
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Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS:

Financial Aid

Students or their sponsoring employers are expected to fund the student's participation in this professional degree, although limited scholarships may be available.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 6, 2020

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 6, 2020

No spring admissions

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements


Minumum credits: 30 units of course work, 15 minimum graded and 2-6 units from GEOS 910
Core coursework: no set curriculum
Language requirements: no second language requirement
Other requirements: Please refer to Geosciences MS Graduate Handbook for Satisfactory Academic Progress Guideline, MS committee requirement, MS public presentation of research requirement, and MS Report requirement.

Minor Requirements

No PSM minor.

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Last revised 20 Sep 2019