The MS program in the Boone Pickens School of Geology (BPSoG) at Oklahoma State University
provides you with opportunities for research in the areas of petroleum geosciences,
water, environment and climate, earth structure and dynamics, and computational geosciences.
The mission of the MS program is to prepare you for careers in the industry or government,
or entry into PhD programs.
8 hours can be in Advanced Studies in Geology (GEOL 5990)
Research Methods and Techniques in Geosciences (GEOL 5243) required
Complete Plan of Study, including formation of research committee
Defend thesis proposal
Complete and successfully defend thesis
40GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORTED
Salaries and tuition waivers from the Boone Pickens School of Geology are given
annually to dozens of master's and PhD students.
Research and Faculty
The BPSoG is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to conduct
cutting-edge research in the geosciences. Our graduate faculty are nationally and
internationally recognized scholars in their fields of research and have strong track
records of successfully mentoring graduate students to complete their degrees. Through
generous support of alumni, the advisory board and industry, the BPSoG has 20 fellowships
and scholarships offered annually to graduate students.
The BPSoG graduate program also enjoys strong support from alumni and surrounding
industries in terms of professional mentoring and enhanced employment opportunities.
In addition, the BPSoG has a Student Enrichment Fund, which is used to help students
attend national and international professional meetings.
Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate degree in geology or related field
Completion of geology core courses and required math and science undergraduate courses
with a final grade of “C” or better
Some course requirement exemptions may be made on an individual basis
Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or job supervisors (personal endorsement
letters from friends, family or peers are not acceptable)
Statement of purpose (no more than one page)
GRE recommended not required. (preferred minimum scores: 150 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, and 3.5 Writing)
International applicants who aren't native English speakersmust submit one of the following:
TOEFL-iBT minimum scores of 21/30 in each of the four English skills or a cumulative
score of 84/120
IELTS minimum scores of 6.5/9.0 in each of the four English skills or an average score
February 1 (Fall admission)
October 1 (Spring admission)
Cost & Assistance
Oklahoma State University's estimation of a graduate student’s annual costs is $18,820
for Oklahoma residents, $29,150 for out-of-state students, and $34,588 for international
students. The BPSoG supports about 40 graduate students with annual salaries (9 months—summer
semester not covered) of about $20,000 each for PhD students and $18,000 each for
MS students. In addition, graduate students supported by the school receive tuition