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Geology - Graduate

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology. Students with degrees in geology, any other natural science, or engineering are invited to apply.

Master's Program Description

Admission to pursue an M.S. degree requires a bachelor’s degree, a minimum grade point average of 2.75, three letters of reference and results from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical Graduate Record Examination (GRE). TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. For more details, please consult Admissions Information and Assistantships and Fellowships. Research within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is funded by grants and contracts from NSF, DOE, PRF, and other federal, state, and industrial sources. Areas of graduate research are in fields covered by regular and adjunct faculty, including coal geology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy, petrology, geophysics, and tectonics.

Doctoral Program Description

Admission to pursue an Ph.D. degree requires a bachelor’s degree, a minimum grade point average of 2.75, three letters of reference and results from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical Graduate Record Examination (GRE). TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. For more details, please consult Admissions Information and Assistantships and Fellowships. Research within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is funded by grants and contracts from NSF, DOE, PRF, and other federal, state, and industrial sources. Areas of graduate research are in fields covered by regular and adjunct faculty, including coal geology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy, petrology, geophysics, and tectonics.

Master's (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • Personal Statement
    • Submit a one- to two-page statement discussing your background and research interests.
  • Assistantship Application (optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance)
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Spring: November 1 (domestic), August 15 (international)
    • Fall: February 1 for priority consideration for assistantship and fellowships, March 15 (international)

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

Maureen Barker

201D Gillis Building
859-257-7129
maureen.barker@uky.edu