Students may enter either a major or major-minor program in geology, choosing an appropriate course of study for their academic or career goals. Graduate students conduct research within the department and/or in association with the Center for Neotectonic Studies, the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology, the Arthur Brant Laboratory for Exploration Geophysics, the Desert Research Institute, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, the Seismological Laboratory, and the United States Geological Survey-Reno Field Office. Visit the Geology Degrees pages for more information about MS and Ph.D. degrees.
Stay in touch with the latest news, announcements, and program changes that affect you. These program changes affect all M.S. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering who are working toward obtaining graduate degrees in Geology, Geophysics, Geological Engineering, and Geo-Engineering. Graduate students in Hydrologic Sciences follow their own guidelines. There are also links to forms and other resources that pertain to your graduate studies in this department.
Please see the newly revised text on the Advisement page that describes both the M.S. Comprehensive Exam (if applicable) and the Ph.D. Qualifier and Comprehensive Exams; there are also some helpful suggestions for M.S. and Ph.D. students to help move through your degree program.
Please direct any inquiries to Dr. John Louie [DGSEgraddirector@unr.edu], Graduate Program Director.
You should also become aware of the Changes to Graduate Program Requirements table which is regularly updated whenever important changes that will affect you have occurred. It is your responsibility, not that of your advisor, to be conversant with all the regulations that affect your degree studies here.
Here are links to items you will need during your graduate studies.
Be sure you are aware of the deadlines you must meet during your graduate career; these are maintained by the Graduate School. In addition, your Annual Progress Report form must be turned in by April 15 to the Department's Graduate Program Director.
Students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to be accepted as a graduate student. For full graduate standing, at least 30 credits of undergraduate work in geology and/or related fields must have been completed.
To be considered for admission, students must meet the following minimum university requirements:
For admission to the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, prospective students must also submit the following:
The Admissions Committee gives comparable weight to each item submitted as part of the application package so an applicant will not be denied admission based solely on his/her GPA or GRE scores. It is advisable for applicants to contact prospective faculty advisors to discuss their interests prior to applying. A physical visit to UNR to see the Department and meet with the prospective faculty advisor can also be critical to a successful application for graduate study.
For Fall semester admission, complete applications (i.e., the items listed above) must be received by the Department no later than January 1; for Spring semester admission, completed applications must be received by the Department no later than September 15. GRE scores and official transcripts are sent directly to the UNR Graduate School to arrive there well before these stated deadlines; the applicant's personal statement and letters of recommendation are to be sent by these deadlines to:
Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering/172
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Attn: Graduate Admissions
Phone: (775) 784-6050
Fax: (775) 784-1833
For the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences, applications and letters of reference must be received by January 10 or August 10 for the appropriate admission cycle. Please contact the Hydro Program Director if you are interested in applying.