The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UMD has active research programs in basin analysis, economic geology, glacial geology, hydrology, isotope geochemistry, geophysics, limnology, paleoclimatology, petrology, planetary geology, sedimentology, structural geology, and tectonics. UMD is admirably situated for a wide variety of geologic interests. We have active programs around the globe and on the terrestrial planets. In addition, Duluth has an outstanding natural environment in which to live, with great cultural and recreational opportunities.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.
Research and Discovery
Generate and preserve knowledge, understanding, and creativity by conducting high-quality research, scholarship, and artistic activity that benefit students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world.
Teaching and Learning
Share that knowledge, understanding, and creativity by providing a broad range of educational programs in a strong and diverse community of learners and teachers, and prepare graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, as well as non-degree-seeking students interested in continuing education and lifelong learning, for active roles in a multiracial and multicultural world.
The master of science degree is offered under Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis). Courses are selected with approval of the student's adviser and the director of graduate studies. For Plan A, a candidacy exam that involves oral defense of written thesis research proposal during the second semester of residency is required. Plan A requires 31 credits, including (14 course credits in the major, 6 course credits in a minor or related field , a 1 credit course, and 10 thesis credits. For Plan B, A written candidacy exam during the second semester is required. Plan B requires (31 credits in approved courses, including three Plan B papers. Almost all our students have taken Plan A.
The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association.