Application deadlines for both domestic and international are February 1 for Fall and August 1 for Spring.
For more information, see the MS in Geosciences Graduate Program Handbook.
- Admission Requirements
For admission to the MS program, an applicant’s record should meet the minimum requirements:
- An undergraduate degree in one or more relevant disciplines of natural science, engineering, or mathematics.
- 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.
- A minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores use an older scale; the concordance table enables conversion between old and new GRE scales.
- Applicants whose native language is not 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. Information on these tests may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service.
Individuals who do not meet the admission criteria but still desire admission may ask to be considered under the conditions or criteria listed below.
Applicants to the MS program with GRE scores below 1000 (40th 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 1000. Applicants to the MS program with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be conditionally admitted to the program with the condition that they maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 in their 12 credits of formal coursework.
- Applying to the Program
Applicants are urged to contact faculty members in their field of research interest before applying. Earth and Environment faculty make the final decisions concerning admission to the program. All required documents must be received before these decisions can be made.
Applicants must comply with these admission deadlines: To be considered for admission in the fall semester, submit all materials for the application by February 1; to be considered for admission in the spring semester, submit all materials for applications from U.S. citizens by September 1, and applications from international students by August 1. International students are encouraged to submit all their materials well in advance of these deadlines.
- How to Apply
Submit an official application with supporting documents to the FIU Graduate Admission Office through the online application portal. The application will not be processed until receipt of the required, non-refundable application fee of $30. Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office from all colleges or universities from which you have taken college courses, whether or not you earned a degree from the institutions. Request that your current name and Social Security number appear on the transcript.
All questions regarding the receipt of your application materials should be referred directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Please include your application reference number or PantherSoft ID number on all correspondence.
- Information For International Students
In order to obtain a student (F-1 or J-1) visa to study in the United States, the student must, among other things, be able to demonstrate that they have financial support to cover their expenses for the first year (tuition, books and living expenses). This money may be obtained from the student’s own personal finances, a scholarship from the student’s own country, a scholarship from an international agency, or an FIU assistantship or scholarship. Detailed pre-arrival information for new students can be obtained from FIU’s Office of International Student & Scholar Services.
- Financial Support
Most full-time graduate students in the Department of Earth and Environment who are in the Thesis-Track MS are supported with research assistantships (RAs), which provide a stipend and tuition waiver. The program also accepts students who are fully self-supported. The assistantships are limited to work with faculty who can support a student with a grant. Assistantships require up to 20 hours per week in research assistance. Stipends supported with research assistantships are $15,000 or higher. Assistantships are described more fully in the MS in Geosciences Graduate Program Handbook.
Applicants seeking research assistantships should indicate this in their application cover letter. In general, assistantships are only offered to research if a faculty member in the department agrees to sponsor them. We
thereforerequest that each applicant seeking an assistantship contact a faculty member in their area of research who will agree to sponsor the application and (if admitted) to serve as the major professor. To be considered for a research assistantship beginning in the fall semester, a prospective student must submit a complete application by February 1. To be considered for an RA beginning in the spring semester, a complete application must be submitted by September 1. International students are encouraged to submit all of their materials well in advance of these deadlines.
In addition to the research assistantships described above, there are several other opportunities for financial aid for newly admitted graduate students. Students who obtain these awards enhance their chances of admission by increasing our ability to support them. Information on the main fellowships and other graduate student financial aid opportunities may be found on the University Graduate School website.
- Latin American and Caribbean Graduate Fellowships
These awards are available to applicants from all countries in the Western Hemisphere except the United States and Canada. The award grants Florida in-state tuition status while you are enrolled in the FIU graduate program, enhancing our ability to admit and support you with tuition waivers. If you are from an eligible country, you should encourage your prospective advisor to nominate you for this award with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services immediately. Information on this type of assistantship may be found on the University Graduate School website.
- Florida Linkage Institutes
Graduates of certain foreign universities are eligible for Florida in-state tuition status. To be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes under the linkage institutes program, prospective students must apply on their own behalf depending on their country of origin. Information on whom to contact in order to apply for this award may be found at the bottom of the Office of International Student & Scholar Services' Financial Resources page.