The Department of Geology is well-equipped, with major equipment including an electron microprobe, an x-ray diffractometer, and two gas-source stable isotope mass spectrometers. Students are supported on teaching and research assistantships, and funding for graduate research and travel expenses is also supported by the department.

Our department has close ties to several other departments on campus, including Anthropology, Chemistry, Ecology, Forestry, Genetics, Geography, Marine Sciences, Microbiology, and Crop and Soil Sciences. We also have close associations with the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory near Aiken, South Carolina, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography near Savannah, Georgia, and the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

Our graduate students do well in the job market. Of our graduates in the past five years, 90% are now employed in the earth sciences. Over half are employed in the private sector as geologists, including petroleum geology, minerals exploration, and environmental geology. About a third are employed in academia.

The Athens area is a great place to live. The cost of living is low, and Athens is rich with music, restaurants, and sports. The nearby Blue Ridge mountains, Georgia coast, and Atlanta offer many opportunities for recreation.

Application Process

The UGA Deaprtment of Geology generally accepts gradute applications in the fall semester prior to the following enrollment year. Follow these instructions to apply to our graduate program. If you have questions, contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Alberto Patiño Douce, or our Graduate Assistant, Ms. Ashley Moore.


Funding for graduate studies in the Department of Geology is available on a competitive basis. Funding sources are typically teaching assistantships or research assistantships. Exceptional students may also be awarded Presidential Graduate Fellowships or Graduate School Assistantships. Graduate Recruitment Opportunities Fellowships are available for first generation students, educationally or economically disadvantaged students, or students with a uniquely diverse background that adds to their discipline of study.

Teaching assistantships are generally awarded for two years of the first three years of a M.S. program and for four years of the first five years of a Ph.D. program. Some teaching assistantships are made on a semester or yearly basis, depending on the needs and resources of the student and department. Teaching assistantships are typically considered 4/9 (or 40%) awards, entailing approximately 16 hours of teaching responsibilities per week. For most students, this will correspond to teaching two lab sections of an introductory course, plus assisting professors in lecture sections or field trips. Students with a teaching assistantship are also eligible for the reduced in-state tuition rate.

Research assistantships may be available through faculty with active grants. The terms and requirements of a research assistantship are established by the grant-holding faculty member. You are encouraged to contact faculty in your area of interest for information regarding current funding opportunities.