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Geology Graduate Program

The Department of Geology awards Master of Science (M.S.) degrees, which prepares students for a variety of geoscience careers. This degree program, usually completed in two years, requires coursework, a research project and thesis. Information about the geology Master's Degree program can also be found in the Masters Program Profile.


Admission to the Masters Program

Applications for the Graduate Program in Geology at KU are made through the Office of Graduate Studies.

You will need the following for your application:

Official transcripts and proof of graduation: U.S. universities generally indicate on transcripts if a degree has been conferred. However, if such a statement does not appear on a transcript, separate proof in the form of a degree certificate or diploma, issued directly by the institution, is required. Photocopies are not accepted. Transcripts from all post secondary institutions that you have attended are necessary for your application. Failure to provide them could result in delay processing your application. If a student is admitted before completing his or her undergraduate degree, the documentation proving he or she did graduate must be supplied to the Dept. of Geology before the end of the student's first semester at KU.

Recommendations: You will be asked for the names and email addresses of three people who can write a recommendation letter describing your qualifications for graduate school in geology. Once you submit the application, an email will be sent requesting a letter from each person that you name.

Once the applicant submits the online application form (see point 1), referees will receive an email notification with detailed instructions on how to submit a letter of reference. 

GRE Scores:

Resume/CV and Personal Statement:

International Students: Proof of English proficiency, as required by the Office of Graduate Studies. To be considered for GTA/GRA support, you must be admitted on regular status. GTA positions also require at least a 22 on the Speak portion of the TOEFL test (8 on IELTS).

The Department of Geology will review your application only after the application process is complete.

Please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor, Cicily Riggs, with any questions about the application process.

Cicily Riggs
Graduate Academic Advisor

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