master's in geology and Natural Resources student

Our Master's in Geology and Natural Resources can prepare you for a diverse range of careers in environmental and geological sciences. Whether you aspire to work in the oil and mining industries, environmental consulting, or resource management, our program equips you with specialized knowledge to excel.

With small class sizes, our faculty provide direct attention and support while offering access to abundant resources and opportunities. Enjoy insightful field studies, collaborate with faculty on nationally published research, and secure employment or advance your career post-graduation

Program Requirements

This master’s program is research-intensive and focuses on a thesis, which includes a one-credit research colloquium each Fall and Spring semester of full-time study. You’ll determine your thesis topic by the end of your second semester. In order to graduate you will need to publicly defend your thesis to a committee and receive its approval.

Total Credits



The curriculum has four major components:

  • core requirements (research methodology courses) – 6 credits
  • courses directed by the thesis committee – 12 credits
  • thesis requirements – 6 credits
  • approved graduate electives in geology or natural resources and environmental management – 6 credits

For a complete list of all courses you will need to take, consult our Graduate Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

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A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing an MS in geology and natural resources? To apply, you will follow a two-part process in which you will need to meet the admission criteria of and apply to both the Ball State Graduate School and this program itself.


Do you want to learn more about this program? Request information by completing our online form, and someone will get back to you. Or if you’d rather speak with someone directly, call or email our graduate director.

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