Fall 2024 Admission Requirements for the MS in Geology Program
NOTE: Below are pending updated, simplified admission requirements to the Master's in Geology program for Fall 2024. Students are advised to use these guidelines when deciding to apply. This temporary page is posted as a convenience until the official Bulletin is updated later this academic year.
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
We recommend the completion of an undergraduate major in geology or associated field (e.g., geography or environmental studies) with at least 24 semester units of upper-division geology course work. However, students with undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields are also encouraged to apply and to discuss provisional admission with the Graduate Coordinator or potential faculty mentors. Provisional admission may require completion of upper-division geology coursework at CSUSB;
2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses used for credit in the major;
3. Submission to the Graduate Coordinator of a one-page, typewritten statement of the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in the graduate program, potential area of research and possible advisor, and professional goals following completion of the M.S.;
4. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's intent and potential for success in the program. At least two of the letters should be from current or former college or university faculty familiar with the student's scholarship and related activities.
Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional.
Students are considered for admission for the fall semester. Under compelling circumstances, applications may be considered for spring semester. Please consult the Graduate Coordinator for more information.