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Geological Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: none set, but January 29 for guaranteed consideration for departmental financial aid

  • GRE Scores and GPA: Our quantitative assessment of applicants uses a combination of GPA for the last 60 hours and the student’s GRE verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores. We have a formula that weights the GPA and total GRE scores equally. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered, but their acceptance would require very strong GRE scores or exceptional circumstances.

Minimum Language Requirements

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Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Geological Sciences Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (submitted through the Graduate School online application)
  • Personal statement (uploaded into Graduate School online application)
  • GRE scores
  • Resume (optional, but recommended)