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Apply to our Graduate Program

Our Graduate Program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one of our many Research Areas. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within our department and in the other programs across the Virginia Tech campus.

Apply to our Graduate Program

For your graduate application you will need:

  • A one-to two-page, double-spaced personal statement.
  • A brief statement that describes your research interests and career aspiration in geosciences.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Transcripts from previous academic institutions.
  • Three letters of recommendation

(No GRE required)

The application deadline for fall admission is January 5th and the deadline for spring admission is October 1st. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to have all materials, including recommendation letters, submitted by the appropriate date for review.

Graduate Pre-Application

Submitting this pre-application simply indicates your interest in our program and does not incur any cost or obligation on your part. We strongly encourage you to directly contact faculty in the research areas you are interested in pursuing, to determine whether there are open positions and to discuss possible research directions.

If you have more questions about becoming a geosciences major or the admissions process, please visit our advising page or contact: April Newcomer, Advising & Enrollment Manager, 540-231-8824 apriln@vt.ed