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Admissions Requirements for a Degree-seeking Student

A baccalaureate degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.

  • An ISU Graduate School application form with official GRE scores (GRE aptitude scores - 50th percentile or above in two of the three categories, or strengths clearly demonstrated in other components of the application).
  • Official transcripts must be sent either in printed form or electronically from former institution(s) directly to the Graduate School (students can not mail in their transcripts). It is not necessary to have additional copies sent to the department. Once your application is complete and fees paid the graduate school will forward all information to the department.
  • Email address: -or-
    Mailing address: Graduate School, Idaho State University, 921 S. 8th Ave, Mail Stop 8075, Pocatello, ID 83209-8075.


  • A letter of intent with your statement of goals while in Graduate School.
  • Three letters of recommendation. (No special format other than "Business Letter")

    Please send "recommendation" letters and "statement of goals" by email ( or to the address below:
    Department of Geosciences
    Idaho State University
    921 S. 8th Ave, STOP 8072
    Pocatello ID 83209-8072


Applicants interested in Teaching or Research assistantships are encouraged to have all materials in by January 15th. Applications submitted after January 15 but before published Graduate School deadlines will be considered.

Fall semester enrollment application deadline is April 1st.
Spring semester enrollment application deadline is November 1st.
Summer session enrollment application deadline is April 1st.

Please notify the department of an application submitted to the graduate school. Call at 1-208-282-3235 or e-mail

A student's course of study will be determined by consultation and possibly an entrance examination. Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and making satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Unclassified status is used for students with large numbers of deficiencies or with low undergraduate GPAs. Unclassified students may apply for classified status when their performance warrants.

See ISU's Graduate School for current and complete ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS. -- For more information about Geosciences Graduate degrees and funding contact the graduate advisor, Professor Michael McCurry (
Applicants interested in a Teaching or Research Assistantship must have complete applications in byJanuary 15th.