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Application Process and Requirements

The application for Fall 2021 will become available during the first week in October 2020.  The application deadline is December 23, 2020.

For the Fall 2021 application cycle, please prepare:

  • Assess your interest in our professors. While completing the online application, you will select up to three Earth Science professors whose research is of particular interest to you. To help with this process, please look over their websites to learn about their research interests and read some of their publications. See our Faculty page and follow links to individual websites.
  • Plan to verify English-speaking ability (international applicants only). Foreign students for whom English is a second language must meet the Graduate School’s English requirement.  See more here:

Required Application Materials for Fall 2021:

  • Complete the Online Application.  You do not have to complete the application in one sitting.  You can continue to work on your application until your payment is made or the December 23rd deadline passes.  When you submit the application, the non-refundable application fee is required (credit, debit, or e-check).  As of Summer 2018 this fee is $70 for domestic students and $90 for international students. After submitting, you are able return to your application to view the receipt status of your letters of recommendation.  Please allow 4 business days after submission of your application for the department to process it.  Receipt of exam scores or transcripts cannot be tracked in the University’s systems until after your application has been submitted.
  • Personal Statement.  Upload a 1-page 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.
  • Transcripts. Upload as a PDF degree transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (although you may exclude community/junior college transcripts if their information appears as transfer credits on another transcript or are not applicable to your current field of study).

You must also send official degree transcripts from all colleges/universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and any subsequent degrees to:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403

You will be notified if your official transcripts have not been received when required.

  • Three letters of recommendation. The online application requests contact information for each reference (name, position, institution, email). References will receive an email from us inviting them to fill out our online reference form and upload their letter of recommendation. Throughout the application process, you can return to your application to view which letters have arrived. It is up to you to remind your references to complete this step.
  • Verify English language proficiency (international applicants only).  See the Graduate School webpages for requirements.

Please review our Application FAQs also.

For further information about the Earth Sciences Program or the application process, please contact:
Marla Trox
Phone: (541) 346-4669


Online Application
Application FAQs
Graduate School’s website for international applicants

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