Department of Geosciences

Graduate Application for Geology

The Program
The M.S. degree program in geology is oriented towards providing the student with a broad background in geology with the opportunity for specialization through electives, thesis research and directed studies. Although faculty members and students are active in research, quality teaching is emphasized. The faculty attempts to maintain a close, informal relationship with students in all phases of their work. A low graduate student/faculty ratio (~2/1) makes this possible.
Degree Options and Requirements
Students may complete the M.S. program following either thesis or nonthesis options. The thesis option requires (1) a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the undergraduate degree, 21 of which must be graduate-level geology courses; and (2) satisfactory completion of a thesis chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The nonthesis option, intended for nontraditional students, requires (1) a minimum of 40 semester hours, at least 27 of which must be graduate-level geology courses; and (2) satisfactory completion of a "capstone" experience under faculty guidance.

Both degree options require (1) satisfactory completion of a summer field course or comparable field experience prior to beginning the second year of residence and (2) demonstrated working knowledge of a computer language or computer-based geographic information system (G.I.S.) before graduation.

Financial Assistance
Teaching assistantships (twelve-month appointment), which currently carry a monthly stipend of $2,126 and a complete tuition waiver, are now competitively available to qualified applicants. Outstanding graduate applications will also be considered for (i) Presidential Graduate Research Fellowships  and (ii) an offer of a one-time $2,000 to $5,000 incentive after they are accepted into our graduate program. Research assistantships, which carry a comparable stipend and tuition fellowship, also may be available depending on current faculty grants. In awarding assistantships, preference is given to applicants who pursue the thesis option.

New Tuition Fellowship Policy states that University funded in-state tuition support will cover 110% of the number of hours required for a graduate degree. Read the attached for details.

Entrance Requirements
Admission to the M.S. program requires a Bachelor's degree in Geology or related Earth Science discipline. In addition, an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General test only), and three supporting letters of recommendation are required. For the year 2024-2025, the requirements for submitting applicant's GRE scores is optional.

Application Procedure
Applications for admission can be initiated online via the Auburn University Graduate School link (Apply Here). GRE scores (optional for 2024-25) and an official undergraduate transcript from all colleges attended must be submitted directly to the Graduate School at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student desires to enroll (preferably by January 15th if financial assistance is requested). In addition to GRE scores (optional for 2024-25), international applicants also are required to submit official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to the Graduate School. Applicants should instruct Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official TOEFL scores directly to our Graduate School using institutional code 1005 and departmental code 5199. IELTS scores are directly mailed to our Graduate School. Official transcripts from applicant’s undergraduate and graduate institutions should be sent directly to:

Ms. Theresa Morgan
Director of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5122, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4700


For transmitting official GRE scores (optional for 2024-25) from ETS, please use the following institution and department codes for Auburn University and the Department of Geosciences:

Institution code:  1005
Departmental code:  5199

Three supporting letters of recommendation can be uploaded directly by the referees at (Apply Here). A Letter of Intent and an updated curriculum vitae also need to be submitted to Geosciences GPO, Dr. Ashraf Uddin. Please follow the instructions to complete your Letter of Intent. Questions with graduate applications can be addressed to:

Dr. Ashraf Uddin
Graduate Program Officer
Department of Geosciences
2050 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4885
Finally, students are encouraged to contact individual Geography faculty member(s) who might share their research interests.