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Accelerated Masters

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario is pleased to announce the creation of a program stream leading to an Accelerated Masters degree in Geophysics and another leading to an Accelerated Masters degree in Geology. Our comprehensive and flexible streams provide a rigorous foundation in either Geophysics or Geology. These new streams are designed to meet the rapidly growing demand in industry for highly-trained applied geophysicists and geologists. They are an important component of our Initiative to Enhance Economic and Energy Resource Geology, an endeavor that we are pursuing in collaboration with Industry Partners and which places us at the forefront of Earth Sciences in Canada across a broad range of applied Earth Science disciplines.

A comprehensive course-based M.Sc. degree in Geology or in Geophysics can serve as a basis for starting or upgrading a professional career, or it may lead to further studies in a Ph.D. program. Many of the courses offered will help you to obtain necessary university credits for professional accreditation as a Professional Geoscientist. In addition, we offer an ongoing lecture/workshop series led by an Industrial Visiting Professor, and participation in a program of field workshops abroad.

Take the opportunity to engage your intellectual curiosity and creativity by participating in Western’s cutting-edge teaching and research.

Note: Due to the nature of the Accelerated Program, certain elements are different from a traditional program. Please use the links below rather than those for the regular graduate streams.

Application Timeline

Students interested in obtaining more information on these new streams and the admission process should contact our Academic Program Coordinator, Kevin Jordan, at While we recommend that all interested students (and particularly international applicants) begin the application process in a timely fashion, as there are a limited number of available spaces and individual administrative issues can delay the process, applications for this coming September will be accepted on a continuing basis through August 15 of each year for domestic students, and June 30 of each year for international students (to allow time to obtain a student visa).


Students in either of the accelerated streams will take seven half-courses over two terms (eight months), followed by an intensive four month research project. The selection of courses for each student will by individualized based on interests and career objectives, in consultation with a faculty advisor. Each stream is designed to be completed in one year, minimizing time away from other commitments. Because the Accelerated M.Sc. relies more heavily on courses than the conventional M.Sc. thesis-based degree, students from broader educational backgrounds such as Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering will be considered. Each of these program streams will enhance the career of earth scientists by providing training that may be needed for industry applications or professional accreditation, or as a stepping stone to further research within a program offering a Ph.D. degree. Partial funding support will be made available for qualified recipients.  

Note: A full course occupies two terms; a half-course usually occupies one term. Most courses offered are half-courses.

Frequently Asked Questions - Accelerated Masters

Please visit FAQ - Accelerated Masters for information regarding eligibility, financial support, degree prorgression and supporting documentation.

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