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Graduate Program


Student can apply to our graduate programs online thought the University of Rochester Graduate Online Admission Application system.

There is a $60 application fee for applying to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) graduate programs. If you have any difficulty accessing this application, you can email us at


Admission to the EES graduate program 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.

Please email to request more information about these requirements.


Applications for admission should include:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework done at other institutions
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 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 fellowship and/or summer scholarships.

Normally, PhD students are supported for four years, and receive a full tuition scholarship. Master’s students are treated on an individual basis, with many receiving partial or full tuition waivers.