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Master of Science - Hydrogeology

SamplingMaster of Science – Hydrogeology

This interdisciplinary program provides students an opportunity to investigate a wide range of problems based in geology, with a particular focus on groundwater geology and subsurface remediation. The curriculum is structured to impart a strong background in field experimentation complemented by laboratory studies and computer modeling. Students may pursue a variety of research projects in hydrogeology and related areas such as environmental geochemistry, geophysics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geostatistics, environmental remediation, and groundwater contaminant flow and transport modeling. Students completing the MS Hydrogeology receive both a practical skill set and fundamental knowledge base that make them highly competitive for careers in industry and government while also preparing them as outstanding candidates for continuing studies in a PhD program.

  • Students are required to complete 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of research credit. Of these course credits, one must be a modeling course (GEOL 8080 recommended), a field course (GEOL 8750 recommended), and a minimum of three other 8000-level geology courses.

  • Candidates must write a thesis based on original research and defend it in an oral examination. In special cases, a non-thesis option is available for students on leave from industry; it requires 30 hours of coursework and a comprehensive written examination.

  • Candidates should have a baccalaureate degree in the geosciences; however, students having strong undergraduate backgrounds in other fields of science or related engineering disciplines may be admitted but will be required to correct deficiencies in their geological education during their first year. Specifically, GEOL 1010/1030, 2060, 3020; and 3140, 3160, and 4130 (or equivalents) are required. Students entering the program should also have a strong mathematics background; normally two semesters of calculus are required and a third semester is recommended.

    For admission to the M.S. program, an applicant should have a grade point ratio/average (GPR/GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for students who were accepted and actually entered the program for the past two years are shown in the table below.

    Accepted Applicants
    Percentile 2012-13 2013-14
    25th V=150 Q=153 A=3.5 V=148.25 Q=152 A=3.5
    75th V=161 Q=158.5 A=4.25 V=158.75 Q=158.5 A=4
    Matriculated Students
    25th V=157.25 Q=152.75 A=3.625 V=148 Q=153 A=3.5
    75th V=161.5 Q=158.5 A=4.375 V=161 Q=159 A=4


Our Hydrogeology Field Camp is offered each summer in May-June. Visit the Hydrogeology Field Camp website for more information.

Application Information

For information on applying to the Graduate School, contact the Clemson Graduate School.

For specific information related to the Hydrogeology Graduate Degree, please contact:

Barbara Smith

Or, come visit the Rich Labs and say Hello! to Barbara