The M.Sc. in Geology program has two objectives: 1) to provide B.Sc. Honours graduates with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in the Earth Sciences through an intensive teaching program that includes theoretical and applied aspects of their discipline and 2) to introduce students to the basics of geoscience research, from the formulation of a thesis problem to its solution.
The M.Sc. program normally consists of four one-term GEOL graduate courses, plus a thesis (GEOL-5000EL - Thesis). The department may recommend that in individual cases, one suitable fourth-year undergraduate courses may be taken in lieu of one of the graduate courses, and a student may be required to take addition graduate courses if these are needed to develop thesis objectives.
Potential students with two or more years of industry experience may want to consider the Applied M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration which is offered in modular format (contact firstname.lastname@example.org )
Four year B.Sc. degree in Geology or related topic, with a grade of more than 70% (or equivalent)
M.Sc. research projects are offered in all areas of Precambrian and Economic Geology. Students should contact potential supervisors (as below) regarding availability of research projects prior to requesting admission to the program:
Dr Randy Dirszowsky - Pleistocene to Recent sedimentology, environmental problems, lakes:
Dr Harold Gibson - Volcanic processes and related ore deposits
Dr Pedro Jugo - Orthomagmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits
Dr Dan Kontak - Pegmatites, Precious metals
Dr Bruno Lafrance - Field-based structural geology and ore deposits
Dr Michael Lesher - Magmatic ore deposits
Dr Darrel Long - Precambrian sedimentology and stratigraphy, uranium, coal, industrial minerals
Dr Andrew McDonald - Mineralogy, crystal chemistry, mineral genesis
Dr Michael Schindler - Environmental mineralogy, surface chemistry
Dr Richard Smith - Exploration geophysics
Dr Graeme Spires – Environmental chemistry and land reclamation
Dr Phil Thurston - Evolution of greenstone belts
Dr Doug Tinkham - Metamorphic evolution of magmatic arcs and orogenic belts, phase equilibria
Dr Elizabeth Turner - Precambrian sedimentology and stratigraphy of Northern Canada; carbonate sedimentology, ore deposits
Graduates of the M.Sc. program can proceed to a professional career in industry or government, or can seek entrance to a Ph.D. program.