A student with the proper background usually needs one to one and a half years to complete the M.S. requirements; perhaps somewhat longer for the thesis option.
Both the M.S. Thesis and Non-Thesis options require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours. Of those 30 graduate semester credit hours, approximately 16-24 semester credit hours are earned by completing 4 to 6 courses from 4 core areas; these courses cover basic knowledge and analytic skills required of all M.S. students in the Geodetic Science program. The remaining credit hours are fulfilled with elective courses, including research courses, in one or more areas within Geodetic Science or in related disciplines. Three pre-approved tracks of core courses are available, in the areas of Geodesy, GIS, and Geodynamics.
Except as noted below for one of the pre-approved sets of core courses, a student must complete the 2 foundational courses and 1 course chosen from each of the following 3 categories: Geodetic Science, Geomathematics, and Sensor Systems and Applications.
1. Foundational Coursesa) Geod Sci 5660, Geometric Reference Systems (4 semester credit hours) b) Geod Sci 5636, Geovisualization Geometry (4 semester credit hours)
2. Geodetic Sciencea) Geod Sci 6776, Physical Geodesy (4 semester credit hours) b) Geod Sci 6777, Satellite Geodesy (3 semester credit hours) c) Geod Sci 5781, Geodesy and Geodynamics (3 semester credit hours) d) Geod Sci 6786, Geospatial Data Structures for Computer Mapping and GIS (3 sem. cr. hrs.) d) Earth Sci 5646, Geodynamics (3 semester credit hours)
3. Geomathematicsa) Geod Sci 5652, Adjustment Computations (5 semester credit hours) b) Earth Sci 5642, Geomathematical Analysis (3 semester credit hours) c) Math 5601, Essentials of Numerical Methods (3 semester credit hours) d) Physics 5300, Theoretical Physics (4 semester credit hours) e) Stat 6450, Applied Regression Analysis (4 semester credit hours)
4. Sensor Systems and Applicationsa) CE 7442, Fundamentals of GPS and Reference Systems (4 semester credit hours) b) Earth Sci 5781, Gravity Exploration (3 semester credit hours) c) Earth Sci 5782, Magnetic Exploration (3 semester credit hours) d) Geod Sci 7745, Inertial Navigation/Positioning Analysis (4 semester credit hours) e) Earth Sci 5650, Glaciology (4 semester credit hours) f) Earth Sci 5655, Land Surface Hydrology (3 semester credit hours)
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.