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Department of Geology and Geophysics|Graduate

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Department of Geology and Geophysics
Dept. 3006
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Phone: (307)766-3386
Fax: (307)766-6679
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Graduate Student Applications

Applications for entrance in Fall 2015 are now being accepted. We will begin to evalute applications January 15, 2015. If your application is not received by then, it may not be evaluated.

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.

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.

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 report from ETS.
  3. One copy of official transcripts of all Colleges and Universities attended sent to the admissions mailing address listed below.
  4. Be sure to 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.

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?

Call or email Lexi Hartley, our Academic Coordinator, if you have any questions.

Phone:  (307) 766-3389             



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