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Set Your Own Pace


The MGsc Online is a non-thesis, 36 credit hour program that offers flexibility and customization for students - ideal for working professionals seeking to enhance their education with minimal disruption to your professional responsibilities. Online learning is available any and all of the time to students anywhere in the world.

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Coursework


Students choose how quickly to move through the program, full or part time. You set your pace. Courses begin 5 times per year, and students are admitted three times per year, allowing maximum flexibility to choose when to complete the required 10 courses, followed by the semester-long capstone experience.

This is a fast-paced program, with courses lasting 8 weeks each. The capstone course will be offered as a 16 week course during the fall or spring semesters.

Courses by Track

The GIST Track in the MGsc is not only about energy - the online Master of Geoscience with an emphasis on GIST from Texas A&M University offers you the skills and knowledge to delve into exciting and evolving areas of Geographic Information Science and Technology with applications to many different industries. With the increasing demand for GIST expertise, graduates are also in the position to drive innovation and apply modern technologies to careers in nonprofit, government, or business sectors. 

Our GIST Track is now flexibly structured to accomodate a variety of interests.

Required: GIScience Basics (9 hours)


GEOG 651 Remote Sensing for Geographical Analysis
GEOG 660 Applications in GIS
GEOG 655 GIS-Based Spatial Analysis and Modeling

Required: GIS Techniques (12 hours)


GEOS 669 or ONCG 669 Introduction to Processing Geoscience Data with R or Python for Geosciences
GEOS 612 Data Quality for the Geosciences (elective)
GEOG 659 GeoDatabases
GEOG 676 GIS Programming
GEOG 678 Web GIS

Electives: select 9 hours within one of the following concentrations

You can also create your concentration with guidance from our Academic Advisor.


Data Analysis Emphasis

GEOS 669 or ONCG 669 Introduction to Processing Geoscience Data with R or Python for Geosciences
OCNG 655 Experimental Design and Analysis
OCNG 657 Data Methods & Graphical Representation
Data Governance Emphasis

GEOS 611 Data Management for the Geosciences
GEOS 612 Data Quality for the Geosciences
GEOS 613 Data Governance in the Geosciences
Energy Emphasis

GEOG 662 GIS in Land Management
GEOG 663 GIS in Petroleum
GEOL 617 Petroleum Industry
GEOL 619 Petroleum Geology
GEOP 635 Methods of Geophysical Exploration
Geoscience Emphasis

GEOL 617 Petroleum Industry
GEOL 619 Petroleum Geology
GEOP 635 Methods of Geophysical Exploration
OCNG 660 Survey of Oceanography
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems

Required: Practicum (6 hours) - Last Semester


GEOS 676 Capstone Experience

The online Master of Geoscience is a 36 credit, non-thesis program that follows a structured degree plan. Students enroll in 10 courses, followed by a semester-long capstone experience. Check out the Graduate Catalog for more information.

Petroleum Basics (9 hours)

GEOL 617 Petroleum Industry
GEOL 619 Petroleum Geology
GEOP 635 Methods of Geophysical Exploration
Petroleum Data Governance (9 hours)

GEOS 611 Data Management for the Geosciences
GEOS 612 Data Quality for the Geosciences
GEOS 613 Data Governance for the Geosciences
Spatial Data Science (12 hours)

Required 6 Hours:
GEOS 669 Introduction to Processing Geoscience Data with R
OCNG 655 Experimental Design and Analysis in Oceanography
Electives 6 Hours:
GEOG 659 GeoDatabases
GEOG 660 Applications in GIS
GEOG 676 GIS Programming
OCNG 657 Data Methods & Graphical Representation
OCNG 669 Python for Geosciences
Practicum (6 hours)

GEOS 676 Capstone

The online Master of Geoscience is a 36 credit, non-thesis program that follows a structured degree plan. Students enroll in 10 courses, followed by a semester-long capstone experience. Check out the Graduate Catalog for more information.

Required Courses (15 hours)

OCNG 600 Survey of Oceanography
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems
OCNG 655 Experimental Design and Analysis
OCNG 657 Data Methods & Graphical Representation
OCNG 669 Python for Geosciences
Geoscience Data Governance (6-9 hours)

GEOS 611 Data Management for the Geosciences (required)
GEOS 612 Data Quality for the Geosciences (elective)
GEOS 613 Data Governance for the Geosciences (elective)
Spatial Data Science Electives (6 – 9 hours)

GEOG 651 Remote Sensing
GEOG 659 GeoDatabases
GEOG 660 Applications in GIS
GEOG 676 GIS Programming
GEOG 678 Web GIS
Practicum (6 hours)

GEOS 676 Capstone

Connections


The Geosciences Online program and its faculty have an established history of collaborating with industry professionals and making lasting connections with their organizations, such as:

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Careers in Geosciences


Aggie Graduates are in High Demand

Industry professionals with GIST skills are in high demand, command higher salaries and are uniquely trained to provide innovative solutions when everything hangs in the balance.

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The Powerful Aggie Network


As graduates of the MGsc program, you will not only develop a vital network of contacts among classmates, faculty, teams and other graduates, you will become part of and can tap into one of the most powerful alumni networks in the world – nearly a half million strong! The network of Former Students has alumni chapters in 88 U.S. cities and 35 international locations, is a valuable resource to connect you, advance you and give you a foundation to transform your career.

Check out the Aggie Network

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Coolest Jobs on the Planet


Graduates of our program at Texas A&M are sought-after and hired to serve in some of the most critical professions that nations and communities highly depend on. We are the most comprehensive geosciences program in the world, and provide the most hands-on education and training for future leaders.

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