Graduate programs admission requirements
Application deadline: December 15 for Fall semester | July 15 for Spring semester
In addition to the general requirements required by the Graduate School, the graduate programs require the following:
- GRE (waivers available to those with completed advanced degrees or students in the accelerated program)
- GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Letter of intent
- Three letters of recommendation
- Department application
Students with training in hydrologic sciences, geology, geophysics, engineering, soil science, biology, chemistry, computer science, fluid mechanics, mathematics, physics, and other disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program.
The preferred approach admission to the GPHS program is outlined below:
- Review our research areas.
- Check out our faculty, which you can filter by research areas. Read some of their papers, and find an advisor with interests that really excite you.
- Contact faculty to express interest, and inquire if they are planning to accept students in the near future.
- Sending a CV and short statement of interest during these initial email contacts is a great way to help faculty understand who you are and how you might fit into their labs.
Program requirements and deficiencies
Students admitted to the program should have a bachelor of sciences degree or equivalent in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, natural resources, or ecology. Students with non-related degrees can also be considered for admission. Prospective graduate students should have GRE scores exceeding 153 verbal and 144 quantitative (500 each in verbal and quantitative on old scale), undergraduate GPA's above 3.0 and international students should have TOEFL scores exceeding 600.
In addition, the Program requires undergraduate prerequisites of 2 semesters each of calculus based physics (PHYS 180 and 181, or equivalent), chemistry (CHEM 201 and 202, or equivalent) and calculus (MATH 181 and 182, or equivalent), one semester of probability/statistics (STAT 352, or equivalent), and differential equations (MATH 285, or equivalent).
Although calculus-based physics (PHYS 180 and 181) is highly recommended, a non-calculus-based physics course, PHYS 151 and 152 or equivalent, will be allowed if approved by your advisor.
Any deficiencies are to be made up during the first year of graduate study and students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and the GPHS office for guidance on the appropriate courses for fulfilling deficiencies.
For more detailed information regarding entrance requirements, undergraduate deficiencies, and degrees offered, please refer to our graduate program handbook.