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Future Graduate Students and Applying to the Geology Graduate Program

Please contact the Geology Graduate Committee if you have questions about our graduate programs. You are strongly encouraged to correspond directly with faculty in your target research area in order to gauge their interest in new graduate students and explore possible research projects.  To see a two year schedule of course offerings, please use the following link.

Evaluation of applicants for our graduate program is based on GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and the advocacy and support available from faculty. To be considered for admission into the MS Program with matriculated status, your GPA should be above 3.0 (A=4.0) and for the GRE, your scores should be no less than the 40th percentile. For admission into the PhD Program, your GPA should be above 3.4 and for the GRE, your scores should be no less than 50th percentile.

Departmental financial support for incoming students consists primarily of graduate research or teaching assistantships. These positions pay at a competitive rate for a 9-month appointment. We anticipate that 9 month graduate stipends for the 2014-2015 academic year will be $14,500 for Plan A MS and PhD students ($16,500 for PhD students who have achieved candidacy). The School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Geology also strive to cover tuition expenses for holders of assistantships. Finally, student health insurance is provided for a nominal fee.

Applications are submitted online through the School of Graduate Studies, including an application fee. Your application materials must be complete and on file at the School of Graduate Studies by Jan 7 to be considered for acceptance the following academic year. This means planning well in advance to take the Graduate Record Exam. Decisions about admittance and assistantships are made in March and April.

The Geology Department at Utah State University is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Students from western states may be able to enroll in USU's MS in Applied Environmental Geoscience Program and pay in-state tuition.