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Department of Geology and Geophysics|Graduate

Graduate Student Applications

Applications for entrance in Fall 2016 are now being accepted. We will begin to evaluate applications January 15, 2016. If your application is not received by then, it may not be evaluated. Please note that we do not typically admit for Spring or Summer admission.

Offers are usually made between February and April 15. All applicants are considered for department support via research assistantships, teachings assistantships, and merit-based scholarships. Virtually all graduate students are supported for the academic year and in many cases during the summer term as well. Once the Graduate Admissions Committee has made a final decision on your application they will notify you via the email address that is on your application.

There is no minimum GRE or GPA requirement. However, to be competitive for assistantships and scholarships, students need a GPA of at least 3.0, a combined verbal and quantitative score on the GRE of at least 300, and an analytical writing score on the GRE of at least 3.5. The average GRE score for students that were accepted into our program for Fall 2015 was 318. The average GPA for students that were admitted for Fall 2015 was 3.58.

You are highly encouraged to browse our department website and contact professors with interests that seem aligned to your own. In particular, we point to the student research opportunities webpage. We are always happy to discuss available projects and funding, so please contact us if you have questions.

Steps to Apply:

  1. General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Request from ETS for the GRE report to be sent to University of Wyoming (Institutional Code 4855).
  2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Students whose native language is not English, must also request the TOEFL or IELTS report from ETS.
  3. One copy of official transcripts of all Colleges and Universities attended sent to the admissions mailing address listed below. This includes any community college or study abroad school attended.
  4. Apply to UW Geology & Geophysics!


In addition to the materials required by the University during the application process, you must also upload:

  1. A curriculum vitae identifying your qualifications, academic accomplishments, and other appropriate information.
  2. A two-page statement of interest in graduate research. Be sure to explain how doing research in geology or geophysics at Wyoming fits your career path. Please also note that your statement must include, at the end, a list of professors you want to work with.
  3. Three letters of recommendation will be required. These must be submitted by the recommender through the online application. 

Our department has several faculty who are affiliated with the Program in Ecology (PiE). Students interested in seeking a PhD through PiE are required to submit a letter of interest to identifying which faculty member they intend to work with, and why they would like to be part of the program. More information is available here (

Application questions?

Email our Academic Coordinator, if you have any questions.       



University of Wyoming
1000 East University Ave.
Dept. 3435  
Laramie, WY 82071

Problems with online application?

Call or email UW Admissions, if you have any questions.

Phone: (307) 766-5160 option 1             


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