Graduate Studies

Graduate Programs

graduate student analyzing sample dataDegrees Offered

The Department of Geological Sciences offers the following graduate degree programs:

For a detailed list of degree requirements and course descriptions, visit the UA Graduate Catalog.

A condensed version of these requirements is available in our Graduate Handbook (pdf).

Research Opportunities

Our faculty and graduate students are involved in a wide range of geological sciences research. Opportunities exist for theoretical, experimental, analytical, and field-based studies, with many projects combining aspects of each.

For a list of faculty research specialties, visit the Research Overview, or check out the open research positions for graduate students.

Financial Support

The department offers competitive financial support to graduate students in the form of assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships. For a complete list of opportunities, visit our Financial Support page.


The application process is completed online through the UA Graduate School’s Electronic Application Center.

Admission the graduate program in geological sciences is highly competitive. The Graduate School requires the following materials:

  • a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (international grades are converted by the Graduate School to a 4.0 system)
  • a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 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.

Application review begins January 15 for TA/RA support. To have the best chance for support, applications should be submitted 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.


For more information, contact Dr. Geoff Tick, Professor and Graduate Program Director, at