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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 submitted on-line through the graduate school should include:

  • GRE scores*
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of intent
  • Statement of goals
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

*GRE aptitude scores with 50th percentile or above in two of the three categories, or strengths clearly demonstrated in other components of the application are required.

Applicants interested in Teaching or Research Assistantships are encouraged to have all materials sumbitted by January 15th. Applications submitted after January 15, but before published Graduate School deadlines (see below) 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.

It is not necessary to have additional copies sent to the department. Once your application is complete and the fee has been paid, the graduate school will forward all information to the department.

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, David Pearson Dave Pearson email address.