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Graduate Student Applications

"NEW"- GRE's are no longer required for admission as graduate students by the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Wyoming

Applications for entrance in the Fall of 2021 are now open. We will begin to evaluate applications on January 15, 2021. 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 GPA requirement. However, to be competitive for assistantships and scholarships, students need a GPA of at least 3.0. The average GPA for students that were admitted for Fall 2018 was 3.59.

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.

The University of Wyoming strives to be a leader amongst institutions of higher education in the Rocky Mountain region in creating a campus environment that is appealing to individuals of varied beliefs and backgrounds. We welcome diversity because we know that it enriches scholarly productivity and creativity. The Department of Geology and Geophysics strongly supports the University’s commitment and is devoted to building a graduate student population with diverse backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities and other distinctive characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and accepting ways.

Steps to Apply:

  1. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Students whose native language is not English, must also request the TOEFL or IELTS report from the ETS website.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

Please e-mail your potential advisor.       


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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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1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307-766-3386

Fax: 307-766-6679


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