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I want to be a billionaire … or a geophysist.


Would you happen to know the requirements I would need to do a masters in geophysics?
A friend wants to know



Hi there The-Voice-Of-A-Friend,

Shockingly U of T doesn’t offer a Masters in Geophysics. Don’t give up hope quite yet thought, read on.

Here is a list of Graduate schools that DO offer a Masters in Geophysics.

U of T, does however offer a Collaborate Degree in Geology and Physics

Here is the most straight forward website outlining the requirements for the Collaborate program for Geology and Physics.

THE REQUIREMENTS dun dun dun are:
“Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative program must apply to and be admitted to both a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments, this being either Geology or Physics, and to the collaborative program.”

Now saying that lets cover the requirments of all the three feilds that are stated.

1) Requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

For a Masters program the website says, “an appropriate bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least mid-B from a recognized university”

2) Requirements for the Home Department
“A B+ or better average in an honours physics program or a program of comparable rigour in a closely related field.”


  • A four-year B.Sc. or B.A.Sc, or its equivalent from a recognized university.
  • High academic standing, equivalent to a B or higher (equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4 point scale) at the University of Toronto, normally demonstrated by the average grade in the final year

3) Requirements for The Collaborate Program:

  • Students must meet all respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, the home department, and the collaborative program.
  • The MSc research, thesis, and thesis defence requirements are the same as those of the home department.
  • The MSc will normally require work equivalent to 5.5 FCE as follows:
  • The core course GLG 1101H (0.5 FCE)
  • Two lecture courses in Geology (1.0 FCE)
  • Two lecture courses in Physics (1.0 FCE)
  • A supervised research project in the field of geophysics or the overlap area of physics and geology (3.0 FCE)
  • The supervised research project and associated report or thesis will be completed under the regulations of the home department.
  • Students are expected to attend the regular seminar series of both the Geology Department and the Geophysics Lab in the Physics Department and to participate in the graduate student seminar programs of both the Geology Department and the Geophysics Lab.
  • Program requirements are normally completed within 12 months of entry to the program.

I realize that this is an alarming amount of information for your friend. So, they are encouraged to call the Geology and collaborate program (416) 978-3231 and ask them with any specific questions

What a good little friend you are. Your friend owes you a pint, and if not the all powerful Aska will smite their geophysist butt.

Love Always and Forever,

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