Apply

Jump To:

Graduate Applicants

Required Application Materials

  1. University at Buffalo Online Application: Please submit the online application for Formal Review. If you do not wish to complete the entire application at this time, you may create and save a partial application for completion at a later date. We offer a self-managed, paperless, application process.
  2. Personal Statement: As part of the online application, we require a brief statement of your research interests and experienc, as well as your educational goals and career objectives.
  3. Application Fee: Once you have submitted your online application for Formal Review, you will be prompted to pay the application fee by credit card or E-check. The $75 application fee is non-refundable.
  4. Transcripts: We require offical or unofficial transcripts from every institution previously attended. You must upload transcripts yourself. Only after acceptance to the University at Buffalo will we request official transcripts.
  5. GRE Scores:
    Institution code – 2925
    Department code for all programs – 0504
  6. Letters of Recommendation: We require two (2) letters of recommendation from former or present professors who can speak to your capabilities for graduate work. Enter the contact information for your referees in the recommendation section of the online application. After you submit your application for Formal Review, your referees will receive e-mail information prompting them to submit online recommendations.

Online Applications

Financial Assistance

Students wishing to receive full consideration for financial support from the Department of Geology (departmental scholarships, Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships) are advised to submit their online application (including recommendation letters and GRE scores) by January 1 for the following fall semester and October 1 for the following spring semester. 

We consider applications for the fall semester received after January 1 until approximately March 1. Please contact us if you have special circumstances. Applications received at any time are considered for financial support if funds are available. 

For exceptional PhD applicants wishing to be considered for the UB Presidential or Dean’s Scholarships, application submission by January 1 is strongly recommended.

Contact Us

With questions about the graduate application process, please contact Sharon Hassett, Graduate Secretary. 

Sharon Hassett

Departmental and Graduate/Undergraduate Secretary

Cooke 126

Phone: (716) 645-4860

Email: shassett@buffalo.edu

Undergraduate Applicants

We welcome your application to our department and hope you can join our community of scholars!

Incoming freshman or undergraduate transfer applicants who are interested in pursuing geoloigcal sciences study must first apply and be accepted to the University at Buffalo. All relevant information, including admissions criteria, the online application, dates and deadlines, and standardized test score requirements, can be found by visiting UB Undergraduate Admissions.

Current undergraduate students who are interested in majoring (Bachelor of Sciences or Bachelor of Arts) or minoring in geological sciences must complete and submit the Apply to Major Form.

Acceptance Criteria

  • BS in Geology
    Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course: GLY 101 Natural Hazards or GLY 102 Climate Change. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 is required.
  • BA in Geology
    Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course: GLY 101 Natural Hazards or GLY 102 Climate Change. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 is required.
  • Combined BA/MA in Geology
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses required for the major, completion of the prerequisite courses, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
  • Minor in Geology
    Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course: GLY 101 Natural Hazards or GLY 102 Climate Change. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 is required.

Contact Us

With questions about the undergraduate application process, please contact Sharon Hassett, Undergraduate Secretary. 

Sharon Hassett

Departmental and Graduate/Undergraduate Secretary

Cooke 126

Phone: (716) 645-4860

Email: shassett@buffalo.edu