Graduate Student Programs


Applications must be complete in the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) by the appropriate deadline. GIAC will forward a copy of your application and GRE scores to the departmental graduate office.

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Fall Application Deadlines

December 1 for fellowship consideration
January 1 for all applications

If you miss the December 1 deadline but meet the January 1 deadline you will still be considered for other forms of financial support.  Any applications completed after the January 1 deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Applications must be complete in the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) by the appropriate deadline (see online application).  This means ALL ITEMS must be received by the deadline.

All items are to be submitted electronically, and you are strongly encouraged to complete the online application well in advance of the actual deadline.  Items such as the statement of purpose and letters of recommendation will have instructions in the online application.

NOTE: Do NOT submit any paper documents to GIAC or to the department.  They will not be accepted and could cause your application to be delayed.

If you feel compelled to submit items such as a CV, abstract, or other supporting information please contact faculty members or research scientists with whom you wish to work.  They will let you know if they want these documents.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact members of the Department of Geological Sciences Graduate Studies Committee in the field of interest, as all students are admitted to the graduate program on the recommendation of one or more members of the GSC.

The procedures may vary slightly for non-US citizens or for former UT students.  See the GIAC website for full information. Applicants to our graduate program are expected to have completed a minimum of two college-level courses in calculus and 4 courses completed in at least 2 of the following areas:  physics, chemistry, biology and computer science.  All of these courses must have received a C or better.  Additional courses in geological sciences, including field training appropriate for the subject of interest, depend on the particular area within the geosciences that a student wishes to study.  Specific programs may require additional prerequisite coursework. Any deficiencies in these areas must be addressed early in a student’s program. Other areas of study that are identified by a student’s mentor and examining committee as deficient should also be addressed early in a student’s program.

For additional information contact:

Philip Guerrero, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 512-471-6098
Fax: 512-471-9425
Department of Geological Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C1100
Austin, TX 78712-0254

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