Students are expected to have a bachelor's degree in the geosciences or a related field in some branch of the natural, life or physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Students with B.S. degrees in geology from colleges and universities of recognized standing are eligible to seek admission to the Graduate College, in the graduate program of the School of Geology for completion of either a master's (M.S.) or doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Applicants to the Ph.D. program will normally be expected to hold a M.S. or M.A. in geology from a college or university of recognized standing. Students who do not have a B.S. in geology but who qualify for admission otherwise, may be accepted in the master's program, but will be required to make up deficiencies according to the OSU undergraduate geology curriculum (see undergraduate geology degree plan for core requirements).
The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to be considered as an applicant for either the M.S. or Ph.D. Programs is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). However, most incoming M.S. students have a GPA well above 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Most incoming Ph.D. students are expected to have a minimum GPA above 3.50. Students must also take and submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There is no minimum GRE score to apply. However, most incoming M.S. and Ph.D. students are expected to have GRE scores (quantitative + verbal) above 1100 or 300 on the new GRE scale.
For more detailed information read the Graduate Student General Information Handbook
Apply by February 1 to be included in the Admissions Committee's first review for the Fall Admissions and October 1 (domestic students) or September 1 (international students) for Spring Admissions.
How to apply:
We prefer to admit students who have an identified faculty advisor. While we recognize that plans may change once you are at OSU, we are looking for a strong personal statement that clearly identifies the faculty member (or members) with whom you would like to conduct research and your field of interest.
To complete an application proceed to the Graduate College Website.
1. Complete the Graduate School's application.
2. Reference letters: the Graduate School's online application includes a section where you will provide the names and addresses of at least three referees who will be providing reference letters. These letters can be uploaded by the writers, and instructions are provided.
An applicant must also submit a personal narrative that addresses the following points:
Research interests and goals in graduate school,
Future career plans,
Past research experience, including publications and presentations at regional and/or national meetings (if applicable),
Past teaching experience (if applicable),
Other experiences that demonstrates the applicant's potential for success in graduate school.
For Further Information contact:
Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam
Oklahoma State University
Boone Pickens School of Geology
Stillwater, OK 74078-3031
Subject Line: Admission Information