Department of Geosciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions and Assitantships

Our students generally have a BS degree in geosciences or related fields with good academic performance.   We also admit students with an undergraduate degree from other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology. Incoming students with a BS degree in a STEM field are expected to have successfully completed one year each of Calculus, Chemistry with lab, and calculus-based Physics.  Undergraduate courses in  Physical Geology with lab, Historical Geology with lab, Rocks and Minerals, Field Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and Structural Geology are strongly advised but not required.

Admission is considered on an individual basis following the evaluation of a complete application file. Decisions to admit a student are made by committee of the geosciences faculty.

We offer teaching and research assistantships on a competitive basis to (primarily) PhD students. Decisions on assistantships are made by the department head.

MS or PhD in Geosciences

Applicants should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed UT Dallas application form;
  2. Official transcripts of the lower degree(s);
  3. Three letters of recommendation;
  4. TOEFL (International students only) and GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores. International applicants are expected to have 550 or better in the paper-based TOEFL or 80 or better in the Internet-based test; and
  5. Statement of research interest.  MS applicants should specify whether they are applying to the thesis or coursework option (see Geosciences Graduate Page for more information about these two MS degree options).  Applicants for the thesis MS or PhD should identify the faculty member (advisor) who the applicant would like to study under.

MS or PhD in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)

Applicants should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed UT Dallas application form;
  2. Official transcripts of the lower degree(s);
  3. Three letters of recommendation;
  4. TOEFL (International students only) and GRE scores. International applicants are expected to have 550 or better in the paper-based TOEFL or 80 or better in the Internet-based test; and
  5. Statement of research interest.

 

  • Updated: April 2, 2013