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Graduate Application Process

Application Process

We are accepting applications for graduate studies at the Master's or Ph.D. level in the Department of Geology. Because admissions are tied to the availability of funding, we encourage applicants to apply for Fall admission. The deadline for Fall admission is January 1. Admission is awarded by both the Graduate School and the Department of Geology, so your application has two parts, and both must be completed.

Step 1: Graduate School Application

The University of Georgia Graduate School website will answer many of your questions about applications, financial support, student life, professional development, and student services, such as housing, health insurance, and transportation. International students will also find information and forms there as well. The Graduate School site describes their application requirements and you can apply online with the UGA Graduate School Application as well.

Apply online to the UGA Graduate Program

Step 2: Geology Department Application

Please complete the Department of Geology Application, which asks about your area of interest, degree objective, and your interest in a teaching assistantship. You may select more than one area of specialization, but it is to your advantage to keep focused on one area or possibly a couple of closely related areas.

Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose is a 1-2 page typed description that addresses three areas: (1) Your educational experiences and how they have led to your interest in graduate study in the geological sciences; (2) a description of any scientific research you have conducted; and (3) a description of your research interests for graduate school and your career goals. A well-crafted statement of purpose is specific about what you want to study and the geology faculty members you are interested in working with. This statement is important both for its content and for how well you express yourself.

Apply online to the Geology Graduate Program


Your application to the Department of Geology has three parts and can be submitted electronically or mailed directly to the Department of Geology at:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Geology
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2501

Application Review Process

Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed by faculty in your area of interest and by the admissions committee. Admissions decisions are based on a combination of your statement of purpose, educational and scientific background, letters of recommendation, grades, and GRE scores. In particular, we are looking for students that have a strong background in science, are motivated, have a vision about their graduate work and career plans, and are enthusiastic about doing research. You will be contacted about the admission and funding decisions for fall semester in mid-March.

Visit us

We strongly encourage all applicants to visit us during the application process, typically in February or March, if you're applying for fall semester admission. This will give you a chance to interview faculty, meet other graduate students, get a tour of our department's facilities, and get a close look at the University and Athens. A one-day visit is usually sufficient to meet several faculty in your area of interest, the graduate coordinator and degree program assistant, as well as grad students.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about our program or your application, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail.

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Alberto Patiño Douce

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