Geological Sciences M.Eng. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Geological Sciences

Program Description

The geological science program is designed to give students broad training in the basic sciences as well as field, theoretical, and practical experience through research in their specialty. The program has particular strengths in geophysics, geochemistry and petrology, structural geology, sedimentology, marine ecology, and energy resources. However, the exceptional flexibility of Cornell's graduate program provides ample opportunity for students to work across disciplinary areas. For example, arrangements exist for study of marine ecology, water resources, and various branches of applied geological science. Faculty members in other fields or divisions offer interdisciplinary courses including planetology and extraterrestrial geology, paleobotany, ecology and systematics, biogeochemistry, limnology, soil genesis, soil mineralogy, soil and rock mechanics, remote sensing, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, fluid dynamics, elasticity, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, regional planning, hydraulics and hydrology, and materials science and engineering.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-5466

2124 Snee Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • economic geology
  • engineering geology
  • environmental geophysics
  • general geology
  • geobiology
  • geochemistry and isotope geology
  • geohydrology
  • geomorphology
  • geophysics
  • geotectonics
  • marine geology (minor)
  • mineralogy
  • ocean science and technology
  • paleontology
  • petroleum geology
  • petrology
  • planetary geology
  • Precambrian geology
  • Quaternary geology
  • rock mechanics
  • sedimentology
  • seismology
  • stratigraphy
  • structural geology


2022-2023: $62,456

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, May 31; Spring: Oct. 15

Requirements Summary:

  • All Graduate School Requirements
  • including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test is no longer required
  • M.Eng. applicants who are Cornell undergraduates should contact the field office for requirements

Students who are self-motivated and self-directed with strong quantitative backgrounds and a keen interest in and curiosity about the Earth are encouraged to apply. While helpful, prior study of geology is not a requirement for admission; applications from students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are welcome.
Applicants are required to submit an online application, a statement of purpose, an official transcript from each college or university attended, three letters of recommendation, and GRE general test scores. Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores.

Learning Outcomes

  • Highly individualized program tailored to each student’s needs, depending on their backgrounds
  • Acquisition of core knowledge in one of hydrology, applied geophysics, or ocean science and technology
  • Communication skills demonstrated via a written project