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Prepare for or advance in any number of careers across environmental and geological sciences. Our master of science in geology and natural resources will provide you with the specialized knowledge you’ll need to work in the oil and mining industries, environmental consulting, resource management, and more.

As one of our student’s, you’ll attend classes that are small enough for you to get direct attention from our supportive faculty. But we are big enough to provide you with the resources and opportunities you’ll need to experience insightful field studies, work with faculty on their nationally published research, and successfully secure employment or career advancement after 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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