Our graduate program provides a challenging curriculum that is relevant to today’s career prospects and the opportunity to study with internationally renowned faculty members. Students will benefit from strong research programs, a high-tech infrastructure and a full program of convenient evening academic courses.

Our graduate program prepares students for employment in the energy and environmental sectors, geospatial technologies, and mining professions in industry, government or academia.

Master of Science

master’s degree in geosciences from UT Dallas prepares you for professional employment in government or in the private sector including energy, mining and environmental industries. A MS degree is also recommended preparation for earning a doctorate, although it is not required. The Department of Geosciences has two tracks for earning a master’s degree — thesis option and coursework option. Each requires 36 hours of graduate study and typically take two years (four long semesters) of full-time study to complete.

Thesis Option

This option is designed for students desiring an in-depth geosciences research experience. It requires identifying a faculty research supervisor who agrees to serve in this capacity. Selection of a research problem and supervisory committee are essential to successful completion.

Coursework Option

This option is designed for students who seek to improve their geoscientific background via formal coursework. A three-hour research project, but not a formal thesis, is required for successful completion.

Doctor of Philosophy


The Doctorate of Philosophy in Geosciences emphasizes research in one of the specialties in the geosciences and is designed to prepare students for advanced positions in the energy, environmental, or mining professions in industry or government, or for positions in academia.

Geospatial Information Sciences

The Doctorate of Philosophy in Geospatial Information Sciences aims to cultivate innovative researchers capable of advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the geospatial information sciences through improved theory, advanced methodology, sophisticated quantitative analysis, innovative technology and integrative application.

The degree is devoted solely to GI science, focusing on advancement of the technology, its associated theory and the enhancement of its application in a variety of substantive areas.