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Geology Graduate Program

The Department of Geology awards Ph.D. degrees, which prepares students for a variety of geoscience careers. This degree program, usually completed in five years, requires coursework, publications and a dissertation. Information about the geology doctoral program can also be found in the Doctoral Program Profile.


Admission to the Doctoral Program

Applications for the Graduate Program in Geology at KU are made through the Office of Graduate Studies.

You will need the following for your application:

  1. Official transcripts and proof of graduation: U.S. universities generally indicate on transcripts if a degree has been conferred. However, if such a statement does not appear on a transcript, separate proof in the form of a degree certificate or diploma, issued directly by the institution, is required. Photocopies are not accepted. Transcripts from all post secondary institutions that you have attended are necessary for your application. Failure to provide them could result in delay processing your application. If a student is admitted before completing his or her undergraduate degree, the documentation proving he or she did graduate must be supplied to the Dept. of Geology before the end of the student's first semester at KU.
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked for the names and email addresses of three people who can write a recommendation letter describing your qualifications for graduate school in geology. Once you submit the application, an email will be sent requesting a letter from each person that you name. Once the applicant submits the online application form (see point 1), referees will receive an email notification with detailed instructions on how to submit a letter of reference. 
  3. GRE Scores: There is no minimum score required.
  4. Resume/CV 
  5. Personal Statement: This is included in the on-line application form.  The Graduate Studies Committee places considerable importance on the thoughtfulness of your remarks – in particular, we are interested in learning about (1) your specific interests within geology and why they are important and interesting to you, (2) what you envision as your educational and career objectives and how a degree from KU Geology helps to meet those objectives, and (3) which of our faculty members you think would be an appropriate graduate advisor and mentor.


Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as described here

The Department of Geology will review your application only after the application process is complete.

Please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor, Cicily Riggs, with any questions about the application process.

Cicily Riggs
Graduate Academic Advisor

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