Admission Requirements

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University welcomes applicants with a four-year baccalaureate degree, usually in geology, geophysics, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering. A Master of Science is not required to apply as a Ph.D. student. Students with an M.S. should apply for the Ph.D.-64 hour program while B.S. degree holders should apply for the Ph.D.-96 hour program. Ideally, applicants should have completed mathematics through integral calculus and differential equations or statistics, one year of college-level chemistry, and one year of calculus-based physics.

The Department of Geology & Geophysics is committed to a welcoming educational environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Admission requires that a completed application is submitted by the stated deadline for the Fall or Spring semester. The single application guarantees you will be considered for both admission and financial support. The following information, and that provided on the Application Process page, will help you gather and prepare documents necessary to complete the application properly. To initiate an application, click on the appropriate Apply Now button below to open the TAMU GraduateCAS web page, create an account, and complete and submit your application.


  •    Completed GraduateCAS Application
  •    Undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts
  •    TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  •    CV or Resume
  •    3 Letters of Recommendation
  •    Personal Statement

Transcripts: The University prefers that you upload unofficial transcripts for your application. Official transcripts will be requested once you are admitted to a graduate program.

Grade Point Average (GPA): There is no minimum GPA to be considered as an applicant, but most incoming students have GPAs well above 3.00.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): At this time, we do not require applicants to report GRE scores, and we will not consider GRE scores in the application review process.

TOEFL or IELTS: International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based) is required. For IELTS, as score of 6.0 or better is required.

In addition, all international graduate students whose native language is not English must meet minimum English proficiency standards. For further details see

International applicants should check the web page for a complete list of university admissions requirements.

CV or Resume: This provides the opportunity to succinctly summarize your academic history and achievements, awards, research experience and products, service activities, employment history, etc.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required, and the letters are important. Choose recommenders who can adequately and fairly assess your potential, both as a student and a researcher. Accordingly, letters should come from academic referees, preferably to previous employers; however, in cases where your workplace professional activities are directly related to your planned MS or PhD course of study, then a letter from a supervisor is welcomed.

Personal Statement: The personal statement gives you an opportunity to communicate directly to faculty members and the admissions committee. Read the prompt before writing your statement. Use the following link for guidance on writing a strong personal statement.

The Personal Statement Prompt: Please describe your approach to learning new topics and accomplishing goals that require you to develop new skills, and how you overcome problems and strategies you use to confront challenges. Include examples from your past experiences. In a narrative, describe what you plan to research as a graduate student, what types of research questions are particularly important to you, faculty you would prefer to conduct research with, and your vision for your career trajectory. (2 page limit)


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