Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in our Geosciences program!

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona offers both a two-year MS and a four-year PhD program. Both programs are research based and have course work requirements, as well as a final requirement of an MS thesis or a PhD dissertation.

All students who apply are considered for financial support (in the form of teaching/research assistantships, or fellowships). Almost all students admitted to our degree programs are offered financial support; MS students are funded for two years, and PhD students are funded for four years. Details of our MS and PhD program requirements can be found on our current graduate students page.

In addition to the MS and PhD degrees, we also have an Economic Geology Professional Science Masters (PSM). This is a one-year degree designed to provide geologists with the technical and leadership skills required by mineral industries around the globe. Candidates are usually young professionals who have a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences and a job in the minerals industry. This is an unfunded degree program, and successful applicants are expected to have outside sources of support.

Application Information

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona is one of the top graduate programs in the country. We value excellence, creativity, enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and diversity. We are committed to making our graduate admission process as fair as possible. We pay particular attention to an applicant’s academic record, accomplishments, personal statement, and letters of reference. 



The next admissions cycle will be for Fall 2024. The Graduate College Application will open in August 2, 2023 and closes on January 5, 2024.

The deadline for the Geosciences Application for Fall 2023 has passed and the application is closed. 


Admissions FAQ

Please read our frequently-asked-questions page.


Admissions Basic Requirements



UA Geosciences no longer considers GRE scores for admission.


Application Requirements

Graduate College Application - completed and submitted

Application consists of:

  • Acceptable English Proficiency credential (if required)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resumé / CV
  • Contact information for three letter writers who will write letters of recommendation; letters will be submitted electronically by your recommenders
  • Names of 3 faculty members in our department whose interests align with your own
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts showing all your course work (PDF)
  • Brief summary of your research interests


English Proficiency Credential and Transcripts

International applicants must provide an official TOEFL or IELTS score, or other acceptable English Proficiency credential to the Graduate College if they will not be earning their current degree from an English-speaking institution. 

Your application will be reviewed with the unofficial transcripts you upload to our application. However, if you are recommended for admission by Geosciences, you will need to send one official (sealed envelope or electronic) transcript from each post-secondary institution to the Department of Geosciences in order to be admitted. In addition, international students will need to send an official copy of all degree/diploma certificates conferred.

Research and Field Areas

Our students and faculty are working in field areas around the world. Find out more about our faculty and their research


Courses and Policies

You can find course and policy information at:


For more information about the graduate program contact:

Graduate Admissions
Gould-Simpson Rm. 210
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0077

Phone: (520) 621-6004

For questions or concerns about our graduate academic program, you may also contact Professor Paul Kapp, Chair, Graduate Policy Committee: