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The graduate programs in the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI offer students unparalleled opportunities to work closely with faculty mentors on research that crosses traditional science boundaries and facilitates broad-based scientific decision-making.

Our research programs cross the spectrum of the earth sciences--and the globe. Our researchers have strong connections with the Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Urban Health, both Signature Centers on the IUPUI campus as well as with faculty from throughout the School of Science, the School of Engineering, the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Dentistry.

WIth a graduate degree from the Department of Earth Sciences as IUPUI, you'll be in a unique position to contribute to the well-being of humans and the environment on local, national, and international scales.

We hope you'll take some time to browse through the site and discover the exciting research, teaching, and service activities in which our faculty and students are involved.

Admissions Requirements Vary by Degree Program

Master of Science in Geology

Prospective students should have a bachelor's degree in geology, including a summer field course, and a minimum of a B (3.0) average in geology courses. One year of chemistry and mathematics through college algebra and trigonometry are required. Individuals with a bachelor's degree in another area of science are also encouraged to apply; the departmental graduate advisory committee will prescribe a plan of study to remove deficiencies. The Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. Each student must submit three letters of recommendation.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Earth Sciences

Prospective students should have a B.S. or M.S. degree in the physical, biological, or health sciences, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required.  Individuals for whom English is a second language must demonstrate proficiency in English.  Scores from the TOEFL exam should be submitted with the application for admission.  Each student must submit three letters of recommendation.

International Students

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English before you can be admitted to IUPUI. 

Learn more about the English Proficiency Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test

All graduate students are required to take the GRE before entrance into their respective degree program.

Learn more about the GRE

Application Deadline

January 15th: Fall semester with priority consideration for financial aid.

Graduate Student Tuition

IUPUI is consistently recognized as a great value -- offering a top quality education at an affordable price.  Graduate tuition at IUPUI is calculated by credit hours of classes. Rates for science courses are $345.30 per credit hour for Indiana residents, and $1,007 for non-residents.

Reasonable tuition and fees, ample scholarship opportunities, and financial aid programs make the IUPUI School of Science a smart choice.

The IUPUI Tuition & Fee Estimator can help calculate your estimated costs.

Financial Support for Graduate Study

Students may be eligible for a variety of University and Department support packages. Learn more.

International Students

Graduate Student Housing

IUPUI Campus Housing

IUPUI understands that graduate professional needs are different from that of the undergraduate student. The Graduate Professional Community within the Campus Apartments is specifically designated for students pursing graduate or professional degrees. Click here for more information regarding Campus Apartments and Housing Rates.

Local Apartments

The IU School of Dentistry has created a rated list of off-campus apartments in Indianapolis, which identifies location, size and price. 

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International House

As a living and learning center, I-House offers a cross-cultural residence option for international and U.S students and organizes programs on global issues for the campus and community. I-House brings together students, faculty, staff and the Indianapolis community for dialogue about international events and cross-cultural issues, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and development of global awareness. Learn more about International House.

Graduate Program Inquiry

This inquiry form is an opportunity for potential graduate student applicants to receive feedback about a potential match in the Graduate Program in the Department of Earth Sciences. With this information we can tell you about specific opportunities for collaboration with a potential graduate advisor in your area of interest, and financial support available within our department. This is not an official application to graduate school.

Once you submit the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation screen. If you are not redirected or experience any other issues submitting your application, please try submitting the form using a different web browser (eg. use Firefox or Google Chrome if you are trying to submit the form in Internet Explorer), and please notify sosweb@iupui.edu.

Graduate program inquiry form

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Graduate program inquiry form

Prior to application, complete the Graduate School Inquiry form to receive feedback about a potential match in the Graduate Program in the Department of Earth Sciences. This will allow us to tell you about specific opportunities for collaboration with a potential graduate advisor in your area of interest, and financial support available within our department. This is not the official application to graduate school.

Official online application

Please understand that if all parts of the application are not complete, we will not be able to consider your application. Sending your materials on time insures that your application will be processed in a timely manner. Print this and use it as a checklist throughout the application process.

Step 1.)

Complete the IUPUI Online Application:

  • "Intended Program and Plan" 

  • For MS Geology
    • What type of degree do you intend to pursue: Select Masters
    • Academic Program: Select Earth Sciences (IU Graduate School)
    • Academic Plan: Select Geology MS
  • For Applied Earth Sciences Ph.D.:
    • What type of degree do you intend to pursue: Select Doctoral/PhD
    • Academic Program: Select Earth Sciences (IU Graduate School)
    • Academic Plan: Select Applied Earth Sciences PhD
  • "Personal Statement" section required -- Your 2-3 page explanation of why you want to enter this program.
  • "International Students" section required for international students only.
  • Application fee may apply and can be paid online with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Step 2.)

All materials must be submitted to the department before the graduate committee will review your file. Mail the following to: 

IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences
attn: Graduate Application 
723 West Michigan Street, SL 118
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3275 

  1. Transcripts: Official transcripts from every college attended sent directly from your school to our department - 2 Transcripts Per College. Secure, certified official digital transcripts sent from your University accepted! 
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be provided by professionals (consider faculty members, administrators, internship/co-operative education supervisors, and employers.) who are familiar with the applicant's work and strengths. The recommendation form may be submitted by the recommenders through the online application or mail. Download the Recommendation Form if you plan to submit your letters by mail.
  3. Exams (GRE & TOEFL): GRE and/or English language proficiency scores mailed directly to us from Educational Testing Service.
    GRE and TOEFL codes: IUPUI = 1325
  4. Financial statement (International Students Only): The form can be obtained at http://iapply.iupui.edu/graduate/#finaid

Application Deadlines

The Geology Department will consider applications for admission throughout the year. To receive maximum financial aid consideration, submit all materials for the official application by January 15.

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