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Geological Sciences

This is a research-oriented department offering individually designed graduate programs. The department does not have a formal program of rigidly defined courses leading to the MS or PhD in geological sciences, but offers the following areas of concentration: past global change, geodynamics of modern and ancient orogens, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, sedimentology, petroleum geology, hydrogeology and water resources, geophysics and seismology, isotope geology and geochemistry, paleobiology, mineralogy and volcanology, and environmental geochemistry.

Research is global in scope with faculty working on every continent and many ocean basins on Earth. Our department also capitalizes on the proximity of the campus to the natural laboratory of Colorado and the western U.S. A number of research centers and institutes are affiliated with the department, including the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Research (CIRES), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), the Center for Astrobiology, the Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center (EMARC), and the University Museum. Related areas of study are geography, astrophysical and planetary sciences, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, physics and geophysics, ecology and evolutionary biology.

In general, applicants should have completed 24 semester hours of basic geological sciences, and two semesters each of chemistry, physics, and calculus. In some cases, an applicant may substitute part of the 24 credits with other fields of science, mathematics, or engineering. These are intended as recommendations, rather than strictly enforced requirements for admission. 

Please visit the department website at www.cugeology.org for additional information.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MS
Requires 24 semester hours of formal coursework including 4 to 6 credits of thesis research for a thesis (Plan I) or 30 semester hours without a thesis (Plan II). At least 24 semester hours must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.

PhD
Requires 30 semester hours of formal coursework in courses numbered 5000 and above. Students must complete an additional 30 hours of dissertation research credit.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 to apply.
  3. Complete the online application.
  4. Submit GRE General Test scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) from exam taken within the last 5 years, scoring on average in the upper 50th percentile. Institution code: 4841.
  5. Provide three letters of recommendation for U.S. applicants, or four letters of recommendation for international applicants.
  6. Complete Science Study Summary, and upload it with the online application.
  7. Provide a statement of purpose in essay form providing background information, research focus, and academic and professional goals, uploaded with the online application.
  8. Submit one official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.
  9. International applicants must submit financial statements showing proof of support and TOEFL scores from exam taken within the last 2 years. Minimum TOEFL scores: 537 (paper based)/75 (internet based). Institution code: 4841. The TOEFL requirement may be waived for applicants whose native language is English or for applicants who have completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution (or at an institution in a country where English is the native language) within 2 years of the desired admission term. The department does not accept IELTS.
  10. Pay the nonrefundable application fee - $50 for U.S. applicants; $70 for international applicants.
Financial Support: 

Financial support is available to graduate students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and loans.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Geological Sciences
Graduate Program Assistant
Benson Earth Sciences Building Room 285
399 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0399
Phone: 303-492-2607
Fax: 303-492-2606

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301