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, Daniel_Peppe@baylor.edu.
The Department of Geosciences encourages prospective students with an interest in any of our major areas of research to apply to our program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty in the department who share research interests. Find more information our current faculty here.
The Department offers both MS and PhD degrees. Generally, admission to the program includes 5 years of financial support for PhD students and 2 years of financial support for MS students through research and teaching assistantships and fellowships. Admitted students also receive a tuition waiver, a health insurance subsidy, annual travel funding from department and university for conference attendance, and research funding for graduate students on a competitive basis. Candidates should have at least an undergraduate degree in geology, geophysics, or in a related area and excellent analytical and writing skills. Students holding a BS degree may apply directly to the PhD program.
Applications must be submitted online. Applicants should follow the instructions on Baylor's Graduate School Admissions website for how to apply to graduate school at Baylor University.
Applications for fall admission must be completed by January 15, 2021. To receive full consideration for admissions to the graduate program, the application, including all required documents and reference letters, needs to be completed and submitted on GoGrad by midnight on January 15, 2021. The Department of Geosciences does not consider applications for spring admissions.
Priority deadline: Students who have a completed application on file on GoGrad prior to December 1, 2020 are eligible to receive an application fee waiver. Please contact the Graduate Program Director Daniel Peppe about receiving an application fee waiver or for more information about the priority application deadline.
The following documents are required to complete your application:
If you require technical assistance with your application or the recommendation system, please contact Baylor Graduate School directly either by email at GraduateAdmissions@baylor.edu, via live chat, or by phone at 254-710-3588 or 1-800-229-5678 (choose option 2).
For specific questions about the application process or admission to the Department of Geosciences Graduate Program, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Jamie_Ruth@baylor.edu.
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, Daniel_Peppe@baylor.edu.