young woman using microscopeWe offer MS and PhD degrees in geological sciences, which require a thesis or dissertation, respectively (for details see Graduate Handbook). Opportunities exist for theoretical, experimental, analytical, and/or field-based research; many projects combine aspects of each. Members of the department are actively engaged in research in a wide range of fields within geological sciences; a list of fields is provided on our research page.


Admission to the graduate program in geology is highly competitive. The Graduate School requires (i) a grade point average greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (international grades are converted by the Graduate School to a 4.0 system), and (ii) a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score at least 300 for (verbal plus quantitative sections) and the GRE score for analytical writing ≥ the 50th percentile or greater for unconditional admission. It takes up to six weeks for exam scores to reach us, so you should take the exams as soon as possible. If your native language is not English, you will also need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The minimum TOEFL score for unconditional admission is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, and 79 for the internet-based test.

You can apply to our graduate program on the web at We look forward to hearing from you.

Application review begins January 15 for TA/RA support. To have the best chance for support, all applications should be completed by January 15. Applications will be considered after this date but will be given lower priority. Self-funded, scholarship/fellowship, and International Applications must be completed by March 15.

Degree Requirements

You can review the degree requirements and see a list of course descriptions by going to the online catalog. You can also download a condensed version of the graduate program.

Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2017!!!

Lindahl Ph.D. Scholarships: The University of Alabama, Department of Geological Sciences seeks Ph.D. students with specializations that complement faculty research interests. Exceptional students will receive Research or Teaching Assistantships and a Lindahl Scholarship totaling $22,000 for a nine month appointment, and the cost of non-resident tuition is covered. Funding is renewable for 4 years if expectations are met. Other fellowships are available from the Graduate School. Further details are at Applicants should contact Dr. Robinson ( to express interest. Review of applications for Fall 2017 admission will begin January 15, 2017.

For More Information

Dr. Delores Robinson
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director