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Doctorate in Geological Sciences

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: none set, but January 31 for guaranteed consideration for departmental financial aid

  • GRE Scores and GPA: Our quantitative assessment of applicants uses a combination of GPA for the last 60 hours and the student’s GRE verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores. We have a formula that weights the GPA and total GRE scores equally. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered, but their acceptance would require very strong GRE scores or exceptional circumstances.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Geological Sciences Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (submitted through the Graduate Studies online application)
  • Personal statement (uploaded into Graduate Studies online application)
  • GRE scores
  • Resume (optional, but recommended)

Admission contact information

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Francisco (Paco) Gomez
fgomez@missouri.edu