MS in Geology

Northern Arizona University lies in the unparalleled setting of the southern Colorado Plateau near the:

  • San Francisco Peaks
  • Grand Canyon
  • red rocks of Sedona

Within two hours’ drive of the university are superb rocks and deposits ranging in age from Proterozoic to Quaternary. Research problems abound involving:

  • sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks
  • stratigraphy, structure, and volcanology
  • surficial processes
  • water resources

Financing your education

All applicants are automatically considered for graduate assistantships—we typically offer 8-10 to incoming students each year. In addition, faculty who have interest in specific applicants may offer funding from grants to support research assistantships or other research costs.

Our short list will be reviewed by representatives from the US Geological Survey Flagstaff Field Center, who may extend offers of summer employment, or offer to support thesis research by providing research appointments and covering research expenses.


Apply online at the Graduate College.  The application deadline is February 1 each year for admission in the Fall semester of the same year. For more information, consult the graduate student handbook.