Graduate Program For all questions concerning the Graduate Program, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Jeff Amato, by email or phone (575-646-3017).
Please contact your potential advisor directly to ask about projects.
Our department offers a MS degree in Geological Sciences. Students are successful in getting jobs with oil companies and in environmental geology, and several have continued into Ph.D. programs at Universities such as Stanford, UCLA, Louisiana State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Oregon, and Purdue, among others.
NMSU is located in the southern part of the Rio Grande rift, which provides an ideal setting for a wide variety of geologic studies. World-class exposures are ideal for class field trips as well as local MS projects.
Faculty research includes projects throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Mexico and Australia. Faculty specialties can be viewed on their individual pages.
Our laboratory facilities include an LA-ICPMS, XRF, TIMS, LIBS, rock saws, a mineral separation lab, and shatterbox for preparing geochemical samples.
The Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University offers graduate study leading to a Master’s degree (MS) in Geological Sciences. We do not have a Ph.D. program.
Admissions and Financial Assistance
Applicants for admission to graduate study in the NMSU Department of GeologicalSciences must have a Bachelor’s degree in geology or a closely related field. Admission to the graduate school is based on an evaluation of the student’s potential for satisfactory performance in the graduate program. Assessment is made on the basis of the applicant’s scholastic record, scores on the Graduate Record Exam, and appropriate letters of recommendation.
Deadlines for Fall Semester:
Application deadline: February 15 (*Note–if positions remain available after this date, we will accept late applications)
If you are having trouble applying for FALL 2016 do not panic, we are working to make the application system accept applications until Feb. 15. Send an email to the graduate advisor (amato AT nmsu.edu) if you continue to have difficulty. If it is after Feb 15, contact the graduate advisor for information about available TA positions, if any, before you apply.
Deadlines for Spring Semester
Please contact the Graduate advisor before applying (see above), typically the deadline is October 31 if there is a TA opening.
Link to Graduate School Application
To apply, use the graduate school web site HERE