Master of Science in Geoscience

Admission to the graduate program

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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 basic course prerequisites to the study of geoscience. 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 master's program in geoscience should contact a faculty member(s) about their research interests/projects and whether they would agree to become their advisor if admitted. 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 admissionincluding a research essay (required) and a teaching assistantship essay (optional-only necessary if you are interested in a teaching assistantship position in the department).

2. Official transcripts of all previous college work (including undergraduate and graduate, where applicable).

3. 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.

4. A non-refundable $75 application fee


To receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship, applications should be received by January 31st (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.  Applicants are encouraged to verify the status of their application by contacting the Graduate School at


General information regarding admission requirements, tuition and fees for graduate programs at UNCW can be found at the Graduate School. The graduate application FAQ page may also be helpful.