M.S. in Geology Graduate Program

Admission Process

Student taking measurementTo apply for the graduate program, you will need to submit an application and fulfill all of the university requirements. You will also need to make contact with a potential advisor before submitting your application.

Here's how it works:

1) You contact a potential advisor and let them know you are interested in the work they do and would like to enter the grad program with them as your advisor. Find out if your interests are a good match for that advisor, and find out if they have space in their research group to admit you. (See Contacting Potential Advisors)

2) You submit your application through the appropriate channels (see Applying to the University)

3) The faculty select students who will be admitted based on academic qualifications, available resources, and the match between potential students and advisors. If you have already established communication with a potential advisor about working with them, you are more likely to be accepted.


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Contacting Potential Advisors

Student on hillFor grad school applications, it's customary for the student to reach out to the potential advisors to establish contact. You can think of this initial contact as a job interview. Without an advisor to take you into their research group, we are not likely to accept you as student.

Click here to see the different specialties of our professors.

Please read the following webpages for some helpful guidance on contacting potential advisors:

Applying to the University

Please note that deadlines and criteria are different for domestic and international students. Click the appropriate links on these pages.

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Financial Aid Information

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More Information

For more information about the M.S. in Geology, contact:

Dr. Christopher Pluhar, Graduate Coordinator

Chris Pluhar