Admission Requirements

All students must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School which include:

A. Completion of a B.A. or B.S. with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B);

B. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test;

C. Acceptable scores on the TOEFL (paper: 600, computer: 230, iBT: 90) or IELTS (6.5) for foreign students;

E. Three letters of recommendation;

F. Official transcript(s);

All applications should be submitted electronically through the Graduate School.

For admission to the M.A. program, students must have completed at least 4 semester college courses in math or science, including at least one course in biology.

 

There are two tracks in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs—one in Marine Sciences and one in Atmospheric Sciences. Students should indicate which track they wish to pursue on their applications.

For admission to either the M.S. or Ph.D. graduate programs in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, the following are normally required:

A. B.A. or B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, or other suitable science discipline, the coursework equivalent to obtain such a degree;

B. Two semesters of coursework in mathematics through calculus, physics, and chemistry, and as appropriate to specialization area, biology or earth sciences, with advanced work in at least one of these disciplines;

 

In their personal statements, all students should state why they wish to enter the specific SoMAS graduate program and what career they hope to embark upon. In addition, M.S. and Ph.D. students should provide an indication of both the specific research areas they would like to address and potential faculty advisors. Obtaining a position in specific research laboratories is very competitive, so applicants are encouraged to contact potential advisors prior to submitting their application.