Admission to the graduate program
Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Geoscience must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college (or its equivalent in a foreign institution based on a four-year program) in a discipline appropriate to advanced study in the geosciences. Students should have a strong overall academic record with a “B” average on the basic courses prerequisite to geoscience and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Upon entrance into the master’s program, the student’s advisor may identify deficiencies and recommend remedies. All deficiencies must be removed before a student is accepted as a candidate for the degree.
Applicants seeking admission to the thesis option of the master's program in geoscience should contact a faculty member(s) about potential research projects. This is a very important first step, because to be accepted into the program, an applicant must be sponsored by a faculty member. Applicants are required to submit the following to the UNCW Graduate School:
1. An application for graduate admission; including a statement of interest essay.
2. Official transcripts of all previous college work (including undergraduate and graduate, where applicable).
3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the verbal, quantitative, analytical sections. The Geology or other specialized subject GRE scores are not required.
4. Three letters of recommendation by individuals in professionally relevant fields and who are familiar with the candidate and can speak to their abilities and interest.
5. A non-refundable $60 application fee.To receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship, applications should be received by April 15 (midnight EST) for the fall semester and October 15 (midnight EST) for the spring semester. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials have been received by the Graduate School. Keep in mind that it can take up to four weeks post-exam date for GRE scores to be received by an institution. Applicants are encouraged to verify the status of his/her application by contacting the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org.