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Graduate Program


Apply Online:University of Rochester Graduate Online Admission Application

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $60 application fee for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Graduate Program. If you have any difficulty accessing this application, you can email us at


Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is determined on an individual basis. Students with various backgrounds in science and mathematics may be admitted. Normally, a student is expected to have basic training in geology, mathematics through calculus, and three semesters of chemistry, physics or biology, depending upon the area of specialization. Additional information may be requested by sending an email message to

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Applications for admission should include transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work done at other institutions, letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination scores. Foreign students should also submit TOEFL scores. Because of competition for admission and financial aid, applications should be submitted by January 15.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. Well qualified students may get additional support in the form of a university fellowships (e.g., Sproull fellowship ) and/or summer scholarships. Normally, PhD students are supported for four years, and receive a full tuition scholarship. MS students are treated on an individual basis - many receive partial to full tuition waivers.