Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The Department of Geosciences offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in geology. Our department has 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in several areas including Biogeosciences, Energy Geosciences, Paleoclimate, Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences, Surface and Hydrological Processes, and Lithospheric Processes. Our program provides an excellent mix of educational, professional, and research opportunities. We encourage you to explore the Research section of our website to find detailed information about our faculty and the research programs being conducted in our department. For more information about our graduate program, contact our Graduate Program Director,


How to Apply

The Department of Geosciences encourages prospective students with an interest in any of our major areas of research to apply to our program. To receive full consideration for admission to the graduate program applications must be completed by January 15th.

To qualify for admission to our graduate program, a student must have completed a bachelor's degree in geology or related discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. The GRE is required by all applicants and successful applicants are typically in the 50th percentile. International students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. More information for international applicants can be found here.  For questions about the application process or admission to the Department of Geosciences Graduate Program, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator,

Program Requirements

Requirements for the master's degree are 30 semester hours of graduate courses including 6 semester hours of thesis. A minimum of 12 semester hours (excluding thesis hours) must be 5000-level courses for the M.S. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours beyond the bachelor's degree including 48 graduate course hours and 12 semester hours of dissertation. A minimum of 30 semester hours (excluding thesis hours) must be 5000-level courses for the Ph.D. For more information about the graduate program requirements, see our Graduate Program Handbook or contact our Graduate Program Director,

More information about Baylor’s Graduate School’s requirements for graduate students can be found in the Baylor University Graduate Catalog and the Graduate School's website.

Department of Geosciences

Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.409

(254) 710-2361