The department has offered graduate degrees for more than a century (details below). In the past 20 years, our graduate program has been relatively stable, with 30-40 students registered at any one time. The Dawson Graduate Geology Society hosts social events and organises field trips and other activities.
|Masoud Aali||Ph. D.||PREDICTING SEDIMENTARY PROPERTIES BY INTEGRATION OF ROCK PHYSICS MODELING AND QUANTITATIVE SEISMIC INTERPRETATION TO STUDY GLOBAL SEA-LEVEL CHANGES OFFSHORE NEW JERSEY||Nedimović|
|Mathilde Banjan||Ph. D.||Coutand / Kellett|
|Laura-Ann Broom||M. Sc.||Campbell / Gosse
|Taylor Campbell||M. Sc.||Carbonate stratigraphy and organic matter preservation within the Scotian Basin||Wach|
|Richard Chow||M. Sc.||Fedortchouk|
|Ana Corbalan Castejon||Ph. D.||Nedimović|
|Jocelyn Egan||Ph. D.||Gosse / Risk|
|John Evanelatos||Ph. D.||Seismic stratigraphy and morphology of Makarov Basin: tectonic implications||Gosse / Mosher|
|Jen Frail-Gauthier||Ph. D.||What can benthic salt marsh foraminifera and their associated fauna tell us about ecological and extinction dynamics?||Gibling / Sterling
|Carrie-Ellen Gabriel||Ph. D.||Examining the destabilization of soil organic matter in podzols in response to forest harvesting||Ryan / Kellman|
|Anne Hargreaves||M. Sc.||Characterization of the Cretaceous Mississauga and Verrill Canyon formations in the Sable Sub-Basin, Offshore Nova Scotia, to Determine Source Rock and Correlation to Worldwide Oceanic Anoxic Events||Wach|
|Sean Kelly||M. Sc.||Sterling|
|Trevor Kelly||Ph. D.||Wach|
|Erin Keltie||M. Sc.||Brenan|
|Ryan Kressall||Ph. D.||Dissolution of mantle minerals in kimberlite magmas and modeling of emplacement conditions of kimberlite magma.||Fedortchouk|
|Harold Kuehn||Ph. D.||Seismic megathrust hazards by reflection mapping||Nedimović|
|Zhuoyuan Li||M. Sc.||Fedortchouk|
|Jason Loxton||Ph. D.||Evolutionary Responses to the Hirnantian Mass Extinction Event: Graptolite Biostratigraphy, Biodiversity, and Systematics in Northern Laurentia.||Gibling / Melchin|
|Bryan Maciag||Ph. D.||Brenan|
|Kenneth Martyns-Yellow||M. Sc.||Wach|
|Rachel Milligan||M. Sc.||Features of apatite in kimberlites from Ekati Mine and Snap Lake, Northwest Territories: modelling of kimberlite composition||Fedortchouk|
|Natasha Morrison||M. Sc.||Integration of Seismic Inversion with Source Rock Evaluation Methods to the Study of the Middle to Late Jurassic Organic Rich Intervals in the Scotian Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada||Wach|
|Cody Paige||M. Sc.||Development of a stainless steel in situ 14C extraction line for erosion rate calculations to improve the reliability of dating strain markers||Gosse
|Peter Regan||M. Sc.||Culshaw|
|Sydney Stashin||M. Sc.||Gosse|
|Dawn Tobey||M. Sc.||An investigation of a vegetated fluvial -aeolian system: The Lower Cutler Beds of the Late Pennsylvanian to Early Permian Paradox Basin, Southeastern Utah.||Gibling|
|Dustin Whalen||M. Sc.||Nedimović|
|Carlos Wong||M. Sc.||Wach|
|Yuqui Zhao||M. Sc.||Grujic|
Although M.Sc. degrees did not appear till 1903, the M.A. had been awarded at least as early as April 1869, when five B.A. degrees and one M.A. were conferred. Two more M.A. degrees were awarded the following year. The procedure seems to have been that the holder of a B.A. degree could submit a proposed thesis topic for approval. Thereafter the candidate proceeded with the work, usually, but not necessarily, at the College. When completed the thesis was examined by a committee appointed for each by Senate. On December 2, 1879, (i.e. during Honeyman's regime) Senate approved the proposal of Richmond Logan, B.A., for an M.A. thesis on: "The Harmony of Scripture and Geology". The thesis was presented on 9 March, 1880, and approved a month later. (Reading the Scriptures as allegory, the late Dr. Ian MacKinnon of Pine Hill, who was for years an active member of the Dawson Club, long maintained a casual interest in the same theme.) An M.A. was also awarded in April, 1909, to W. S. Brodie, who had previously been "Principal of the Glace Bay schools", but I have not been able to discover his topic.
The first M.Sc. in Geology was awarded to Loran Arthur De Wolfe, in April, 1903. He spent his whole life in education, at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College and in government, and was a major player in the development of the educational system of the province. I have not been able to find the title of this thesis, but in 1904 he published a lengthy paper on "The Structure and succession at North Sydney and Sydney Mines, C.B." which may be derived from that thesis.
According to a list of graduates in the calendar for 1907-08, DeWolfe received the second Master of Science degree awarded by Dalhousie. The first, in 1898, went to Ebenezer H. Archibald for work in Physics. He went on to Harvard and thence to the University of British Columbia, where he was head of the Chemistry department from 1920 to 1927.
As the graduate programs developed it became possible to offer the Ph.D. degree, and departments gradually added this. The first such degree in Geology was awarded to Fabrizio Aumento in 1965, for a thesis entitled "Thermal Transformation of Selected Zeolites and Related Hydrated Silicates".