Graduate Program Application Instructions

Degree ProgramsAdmissions RequirementsFinancial Support


Prior to application, complete the Graduate School Inquiry form to receive feedback about a potential match in the Graduate Program in the Department of Earth Sciences. This will allow us to tell you about specific opportunities for collaboration with a potential graduate advisor in your area of interest, and financial support available within our department. This is not the official application to graduate school.


Please understand that if all parts of the application are not complete, we will not be able to consider your application. Sending your materials on time insures that your application will be processed in a timely manner. Print this and use it as a checklist throughout the application process.


Complete the IUPUI Online Application:

  • “Intended Program and Plan”

  • For MS Geology
    • What type of degree do you intend to pursue: Select Masters
    • Academic Program: Select Earth Sciences (IU Graduate School)
    • Academic Plan: Select Geology MS
  • For Applied Earth Sciences Ph.D.:
    • What type of degree do you intend to pursue: Select Doctoral/PhD
    • Academic Program: Select Earth Sciences (IU Graduate School)
    • Academic Plan: Select Applied Earth Sciences PhD
  • “Personal Statement” section required — Your 2–3 page explanation of why you want to enter this program.
  • “International Students” section required for international students only.
  • Application fee may apply and can be paid online with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.


All materials must be submitted to the department before the graduate committee will review your file. Mail the following to:

IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences
attn: Graduate Application
723 West Michigan Street, SL 118
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3275

  1. Transcripts: Official transcripts from every college attended sent directly from your school to our department – 2 Transcripts Per College. Secure, certified official digital transcripts sent from your University accepted! 
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be provided by professionals (consider faculty members, administrators, internship/co–operative education supervisors, and employers.) who are familiar with the applicant’s work and strengths. The recommendation form may be submitted by the recommenders through the online application or mail. Download the Recommendation Form if you plan to submit your letters by mail.
  3. Exams (GRE & TOEFL): GRE and/or English language proficiency scores mailed directly to us from Educational Testing Service.
    GRE and TOEFL codes: IUPUI = 1325
  4. Financial statement (International Students Only): The form can be obtained at

Application Deadlines

The Geology Department will consider applications for admission throughout the year. To receive maximum financial aid consideration, submit all materials for the official application by January 15.