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Graduate Applicants

Application Deadlines

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) by December 15 for the following fall semester and November 1 for the following spring semester. 

Applications submitted after these deadlines are reviewed on a rolling basis. 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 Fellowship, application submission by December 1 is strongly recommended.

Required Application Materials

  • University at Buffalo Online Application: Please submit the online application for 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.
    • On your application, you will identify and list faculty you would be interested in serving as your mentor. A complete list of faculty available for mentoring can be found on our website. It is expected that you reach out to faculty who you are interested in studying and research alongside during the application process.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transcripts: We require official 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We require three (3) 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, your referees will receive e-mail information prompting them to submit online recommendations.

Online Application

Contact Us

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

Sharon Hassett.

Sharon Hassett

Departmental and Graduate Administrative Assistant

Cooke 126

Phone: (716) 645-4860


Undergraduate Applicants

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

Incoming Students: Apply to the University at Buffalo

Incoming freshman or undergraduate transfer applicants who are interested in pursuing geological sciences study must first apply and be accepted to the University at Buffalo.

When applying, you should indicate your intended major on the application form. 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 Students: Request to Change to the Major or Minor

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 CAS Major/Minor Change Request form.

Submit the CAS Major/Minor Change Request form to request one of the following changes to your academic plan:

  • Add a major, minor, or certificate in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Drop any major
  • Drop any minor

Acceptance Criteria

All entering first-year students with an interest in the Geological Sciences degree will be listed as "approved" majors.

Contact Us

With questions about the undergraduate application process, please contact the Department of Geology.