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.
  • GRE Scores:
    Institution code – 2925
    Department code for all programs – 0504
  • 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

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 December 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.

Sharon Hassett

Departmental and Graduate Secretary

Cooke 126

Phone: (716) 645-4860