Admission Requirements

For admission to the Ph.D. program in Earth Systems Science, an applicant’s record should meet the minimum requirements shown below.

1. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in one or more relevant disciplines of natural science, engineering, or mathematics.

2. Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent) during the last two years of undergraduate study

3. Applicants must have a minimum combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 0f 1120. These scores use an older scale; the table at http:/www.ets.orgs/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf enables conversion between old and new GRE scales.

4. Applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English as a foreign language. A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 80 for the internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) or 550 for the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) is required. In particular, to be eligible for a Teaching Assistantship, students whose native language is other than English must score at least 26 out of 30 points (minimum for the level designated Good) in the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT. Information on these tests may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service at http:/www.ets.orgtoefl.

Individuals who do not meet the admission criteria but still desire admission may ask to be considered under the conditions or criteria listed below.

1. Applicants with GRE scores below 1120 (60th percentile) may be:

- admitted conditionally to the program with the condition that they retake the GRE within the first two semesters and attain a combined score of at least 1120,

Or

- recommended for full graduate standing under a Waiver of Admission Standards if they meet the standards for admission to the M.S. program, have already completed a M.S. degree in a related field at an accredited U.S. institution, and have attached to the application letters of recommendation from their faculty advisors at their M.S. institution and from the FIU faculty member sponsoring their application which state their ability to perform Ph.D.-level research.

2. Applicants to the Ph.D. program with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be recommended for full graduate standing under a Waiver of Admission Standards if they have already completed a M.S. degree in a related field at an accredited U.S. institution with a GPA above 3.0, or they may be conditionally admitted to the program with the condition that they maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 in their first 12 credits of formal coursework.