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How to Apply

Application and Fee

Applications for admission must be submitted online. The application opens on October 1st.

To submit your application, complete the online application at the link above and submit a $70 (non-refundable) fee using a VISA, Master Card, Discover Card, or the eCheck option.


Deadline for applications is January 1st for fall admission. Delay in receipt of any of the application materials will delay consideration of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online application you will supply the names, addresses, phone numbers, titles, and email addresses for 3 reviewers. Emails requesting letters of recommendation will go out to these reviewers upon completion of this portion of your application.

Statement of Purpose

As part of the online application you can upload your Statement of Purpose. Write a statement in which you describe your objectives in applying to the graduate program in Earth Sciences at the UO, your preparation and skills, your personal and academic accomplishments, your scientific interests, and your goals for the future. The statement provides the opportunity for you to inform the admissions committee about any intangibles not represented elsewhere in your application. If there are specific faculty that you are interested in working with, you are encouraged to identify them in the statement. The statement should be no more than one page. We recommend that students upload a pdf rather than paste their text in the online application.


Have one set of official Degree transcripts sent to University of Oregon Admissions and upload a copy of all transcripts into your Gradweb application. No official transcripts need to be mailed directly to the Earth Sciences Department.

Graduate Record Exam

All applicants to the graduate program in Earth Sciences are required to submit scores on the General Test of the GRE. Consult your local institution or contact the Education Testing Service ( for details about these examinations. The UO school code 4846 and the Geological Sciences code 0504 will be required at the time of the examination.


If your native language is not English, you will need to take the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL). Please send your results to the Earth Sciences Admissions and Awards Committee. The department requires proof of English proficiency, since graduate students often serve as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses. The minimum TOEFL scores for admission are shown in the table below. Students are encouraged to take the internet-based exam which includes a speaking component. The University of Oregon school code is 4846 and the department code is 71.

Minimum TOEFL Score
paper-based test 575
internet-based test 88 (Speaking score minimum: 26)


Minimum IELTS Score
Miniumum score 7

If your native language is not English, but you have a degree transcript proving that you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, you are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam.

International Students

Be aware that there are additional transcript requirements if you have earned your Bachelor’s degree from a non-US institution.  Also, all international students are required to submit a Supplementary Application and Financial Statement to UO Admissions. (This information is only required after you have been accepted into our program). Please visit the Graduate School’s website for international applicants for further information on international student affairs.

Where to send your materials

Awards and Admissions Committee
Department of Earth Sciences
1272 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1272


Office of Admissions
University of Oregon
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217


Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Marla Trox (541-346-4573 or, with any questions you may have about the application process.

Notice of Admission

The deadline for applications is January 1st. All components of an applicant’s materials (including the statement of purpose, grades, test scores, and reference forms) are considered in roughly equal proportions when evaluating one’s potential for graduate study. Successful candidates are typically notified by late March.


Online Application
Download Supplementary Application and Financial Statement
Graduate School’s website for international applicants

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