Geological Sciences

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Degree Options

Degrees Offered Expected Duration
 M.Sc. 2 years
 Ph.D. 4 years

General Information

Master of Science and Ph.D. programs are offered in Geology and in Geophysics. Each program requires completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of approved courses, completion of GEOL 7760 Geological Sciences Graduate Seminar and a research project and thesis.

Why Study at U of M?

More than 100 years old, the Department of Geological Sciences is western Canada's oldest geoscience department. Located near the boundary between the metal-rich Precambrian Shield and the petroleum-producing Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, and adjacent to the Lake Winnipeg watershed, the department is ideally situated for field research, with Archean to Quaternary aged rocks recording three billion years of geologic history.

Recognized worldwide as one of Canada's top geoscience units, we are a dynamic and diverse group interested in a wide variety of research topics, including:

  • Mineralogy and crystallography
  • Environmental mineralogy and geochemistry
  • Sedimentology and quaternary studies
  • Invertebrate paleontology
  • Crustal and mantle geophysics
  • Applied/environmental geophysics
  • Petrology and tectonics
  • Mineral deposits
  • Arctic, marine, and freshwater systems

The department also features:

  • Outstanding researchers
  • Extensive analytical laboratories with state of the art equipment – all conveniently located in one building
  • Highly skilled technical staff supervise research facilities and train graduate students in analytical procedures and proficient use of advanced instrumentation
  • Expanding northern Canada and Arctic field programs

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. applicants should have the equivalent of a B.Sc. Honours in Geology or Geophysics or a related Honours degree in Geography, Soil Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Civil, Geological or Electrical Engineering. Ph.D. applicants must hold a minimum M.Sc. degree in a related field.

See the Department website for full admission requirements. All applicants must also meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Possible Start Dates
September, January, May

Application Deadlines
Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated.

Term Start Date Canadian/US International
Fall September June 1 February 1
Winter January October 1 June 1
Summer May February 1 October 1


Students are supported by major scholarships (e.g., NSERC Postgraduate scholarships, University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships) and/or research assistantships from thesis advisors. Typically, support is for two years for M.Sc. students and four years for Ph.D. students.

Teaching assistantships are available for qualified students.


Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences
240 Wallace Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
p: 204.474.9677
f:  204.474.7623

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