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Graduate Studies Calendar 2013-2014 Program Descriptions Geoscience GLGP
Geoscience - GLGP
Contact Information

Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 118
Department number: 403.220.3254
Fax: 403.284.0074
Email address: geosciencegrad@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: http://www.ucalgary.ca/geoscience

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based or course-based

The course-based Master of Science degree may be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis.

Specialization:

  • Reservoir Characterization (Interdisciplinary)*

* See the Calendar section on Interdisciplinary Specializations for further information.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Science requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Science

a) Normally, a four-year Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent. An Honours degree in geology or geophysics, or a field related to geophysics, such as physics or mathematics, is preferred.

b) A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.

c) For those students required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (written test), 92 (Internet-based test), a MELAB score of 82, an IELTS score of 7.5, or a PTE score of 64.

d) Two reference letters.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) Normally, a Master of Science degree or equivalent in geology or geophysics or a field related to geophysics, such as physics or mathematics.

b) A concise statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.

c) For those students required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (written test), 92 (Internet-based test), a MELAB score of 82, an IELTS score of 7.5, or a PTE score of 64.

d) Two reference letters.

3. Application Deadline

Complete applications are due by:

February 1 for September admission
January admissions will not normally be considered.

4. Advanced Credit

Thesis-based programs: Application for credit should be made to the graduate program at the time of admission, so that the previous work can be taken into account when specifying a student’s program.

Course-based programs: The student must request advanced credit in writing at the time of application for admission.

Masters programs: The total of advanced credit and transfer credit will generally not exceed either one-third of the program or two full-course equivalents, whichever is less.

Doctoral programs: Credit for relevant courses taken during the Master of Science program may result in the reduction of the required four course minimum for doctoral students. Credit may be granted for a maximum of three half courses for students with Master of Science degrees from the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, and two for students with Master of Science degrees from elsewhere.

Advanced credit is not guaranteed and will be determined by the Graduate Program Director or Department Head with consideration of the recommendation of the Interim Supervisor.

Courses for which advanced credit is being sought must be from a recognized institution and not have been used for any degree or diploma accreditation. They must be graded, graduate level courses, and the graded level of performance must be equivalent to a “B” grade or higher standing at the University of Calgary. Advanced credit is not normally given for courses taken more than five years before admission to the current graduate degree program or for courses taken for the purposes of qualifying for admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Science requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Science (course-based)

a) Nine half courses, five of which must be at the 600 level or higher (includes Geology 701 or Geophysics 701 research project).

b) Completion of a Research Project (Geology 701 or Geophysics 701). The student is required to present and defend the project in a one-hour defence once the written research report is in near-final form. The supervisor and two other members of the department assess the project. If an industrial partner is involved, the industrial research supervisor may also assess the project.

c) Completion of at least six half courses in the first year of study by full-time students, and at least one half course in the first academic session by part-time students. Following is a list of required courses for the two concentration areas that are offered.

Geology Course-based Concentration

a) Geology 707.

b) At least seven additional geology or geophysics courses at the 500 or 600 level. At a minimum, three must be at 600 level. Up to four appropriate courses from another department may be substituted for a 500-level geology or geophysics course subject to program approval. Course-based students may receive credit for both Geology 703 and 701. Courses are selected in consultation with the supervisor and with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

c) Geology 701. This course constitutes the research component of the degree and cannot be submitted and defended until after all other courses are completed.

d) Students with deficiencies may be required to take more than nine half courses upon the advice of their supervisor.

Geophysics Course-based Concentration

a) Four of the following: Geology 707, Geophysics 547, 551, 557, 657, 659.

b) At least four other Geophysics courses at the 500, 600 or 700 level. At least four of the eight required courses must be at the 600 or 700 level. One or two appropriate courses from another department may be substituted for a 500-level geology or geophysics course subject to program approval. Course-based students may receive credit for both Geophysics 703 and 701. Courses are selected in consultation with the supervisor and with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

c) Geophysics 701. This course constitutes the research component of the degree and cannot be submitted and defended until after all other courses are completed.

d) Students with deficiencies may be required to take more than nine half courses upon advice of their supervisor.

Master of Science (thesis-based)

a) Completion of a minimum of four half courses in the first year of program.

b) Students with deficiencies may be required to take more than four half courses upon advice of their supervisor.

c) An oral public presentation of thesis results.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) Completion of four half courses in the first year of program.

b) Subject to supervisor and Graduate Program Director approval, some credit may be granted for courses taken during a Master's program, to reduce the course requirement.

c) Students with deficiencies may be required to take more than four half courses upon advice of their supervisor.

d) Students with a Bachelor of Science degree, but no Master's degree, to complete a minimum of five half courses, with four in the first year of program.

e) Students in Geology to take Geology 707 during the first academic year in program.

f) That all students take either Geology or Geophysics 701 or 703.

g) An oral public presentation of thesis results.

6. Additional Requirements

Master of Science (course-based)
Full-time students are normally expected to provide their own financial support and pay tuition and fees as outlined in the graduate student calendar since the department does not normally offer financial support to course-based Master of Science students.

Normally, part-time students will be working in the field of Geology and/or Geophysics, and the industrial supervisor can agree to work with the supervisor in the Department to supervise the student’s research project, and to evaluate the research project.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

The Department does not give graduate credit for courses taken below the 500-level.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time is two years for students in thesis-based Master’s degree programs, two years for full-time students in a course-based Master’s program, and three or four years for doctoral students. Maximum completion time is four years for students in a thesis-based Master’s program, and six years for students in a course-based Master’s program and doctoral students.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Upon admission, a student is assigned an interim supervisor by the Graduate Program Director, either based on prior communication between the student and a prospective supervisor, or chosen from the research field the student has specified. Usually the interim supervisor becomes the permanent supervisor, but the Graduate Program Director must approve the final selection before the thesis proposal is submitted. Supervisory committees for doctoral students are selected by consultation between the permanent supervisor and the student.

10. Required Examinations

Doctoral students have a two hour oral candidacy examination that must be completed by the twenty-eighth month of program.

Questions on the research proposal may be included in the oral candidacy examination. Students should contact their department for further details.

Master of Science thesis-based and doctoral students have final thesis oral examinations that are open to the public, with a public presentation on the same day.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Master of Science thesis-based students must file a thesis proposal by March 15 of the second session of study for September registrants and July 15 for January registrants. The thesis proposal must not be more than five pages of text long and include an abstract and a list of references cited in the text. The supervisor will assess the proposal in detail.

Ph.D. thesis students will submit a more substantial thesis proposal within 18 months of registration.

12. Special Registration Information

None.

13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this calendar.

Students applying for scholarships must have complete applications submitted to the Department by February 1.

No financial support will be given to students enrolled in the course-based Master’s program.

14. Other Information

The department requires all graduate students to file a comprehensive Annual Report. The report is due by December 15 and covers activities for the current calendar year. Recent September registrants are required to report activities for their first term of study only.

No office space will be provided to students enrolled in the course-based Master’s program.

Detailed information about the graduate program can be found at departmental website.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

The current faculty research interests can be found at http://www.geoscience.ucalgary.ca/faculty_directory2.