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Admissions Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

Unconditional Admission:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in Geology or a closely related discipline (e.g., Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrology, Geophysics, Earth Science, Environmental Science) from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in Earth science courses and a 2.5 grade-point-average in related science and mathematics courses;
  2. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test with an expected score in the 50th percentile or better on the verbal and quantitative components;
  3. Two letters of recommendation;
  4. A one-page personal statement of interest, including research and career aspirations;
  5. A minimum of 36 quarter units or 24-semester units of undergraduate coursework in Geoscience related disciplines (see Item #1 above)
  6. Availability of faculty and resources in the student’s stated area of interest.
  7. For International students, please visit the following link for English Proficiency Requirements:

Conditional Admission

Every applicant will be carefully considered. Applicants not meeting the above requirements may be conditionally admitted following review of the student’s academic background by the Graduate Program Committee. Such students must meet deficiency requirements stipulated in the statement of conditional admission within a specified time limit. Each such applicant, with an advisory committee, will design a program in the selected area of specialization based upon interests and preparation. The program will include required courses, elective units and a thesis.

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The California State University offers hundreds of graduate programs, as well as some doctoral programs. Explore the possibilities for your degree — then get started on your application.

Graduate Application Guide 2023-2024


Important Dates for Domestic Graduate Applicants

Term of Application Application Deadline Supporting Document Deadline
Fall 2024 July 1, 2024 August 1, 2024

Important Dates for International Graduate Applicants

Term of Application Application Deadline Supporting Document Deadline
Fall 2024 May 1, 2024 June 1, 2024
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