Graduate Admission Requirements


The deadline for applications for admission is January 15.

Only complete applications will be considered. Complete applications consist of:

  • A completed application form and fee
  • A written statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE scores

International students must also take the TOEFL exam.

Applicants should take GRE and TOEFL (where required) examinations and have the scores sent to us before January 15 to ensure timely consideration of their application.

We recommend that you complete field camp before you begin our graduate program.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants for admission must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Masters Program: A 3.0 GPA or a total of 1100 or above on the combined verbal and quantitative portions, and 4.5 or above on the analytical writing portion of the Graduate Record Exam taken since October 1, 2002 (or a total of 1600 or above on the combined verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Exam taken before October 1, 2002). The GPA is computed on undergraduate plus graduate work if the student has completed less than 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate work; it is computed on graduate work if a student has earned 12 or more hours of graduate credit at the time of admission. Conditional admission may be considered for those with a GPA above 2.3.
  • Doctoral Program: A graduate GPA of 3.2 (if 12 s.h. or more of graduate course work), a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (if fewer than 12 s.h. of graduate course work), or a total of 1100 or above on the combined verbal and quantitative portions, and 4.5 or above on the analytical writing portion of the Graduate Record Exam taken since October 1, 2002 (or a total of 1600 or above on the combined verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Exam taken before October 1, 2002). The GPA is computed on undergraduate plus graduate work if the student has completed less than 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate work; it is computed on graduate work if a student has earned 12 or more hours of graduate credit at the time of admission. Conditional admission may be considered for those with a graduate GPA of 3.0 (if 12 s.h. or more of graduate course work) or a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (if fewer than 12 s.h. of graduate course work).

For more information write to:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Geoscience
121 Trowbridge Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1279

Telephone: (319)335-1818

For additional information, see the Graduate and Professional Admissions homepage.