Admission Requirements

M.S. Degree Program

A four-year baccalaureate degree, usually in geology, geophysics, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering, is required.

Ph.D. Program

A Master of Science is not required to apply as a Ph.D. student. Students with an MS should apply for the PhD-64 hour program while BS degree holders should apply for the PhD-96 hour program.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

There is no minimum GPA to be considered as an applicant, but most incoming students have GPAs above 3.00.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Current GRE scores are required to apply. There is no minimum GRE score to apply.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. The recommendation letters are important. Choose recommenders who can adequately and fairly assess your potential, both as a student and a researcher.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) 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.

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