Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

ESCI Grad Admin Policy

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Application deadline is DECEMBER 15 for admission for the fall semester of the following year.



Admission Policy

-Most candidates for advanced degrees have completed a Bachelor's degree in geology, geophysics or in the broad field of earth and material sciences.  However, applications from students in fields such as chemistry, physics, biology, or environmental science are strongly encouraged.

-In general, an outstanding academic record is expected.

-In all cases, a faculty member must agree to act as advisor before admission can be recommended to the Graduate School.  Therefore, when you find a particular area of research that interests you, it is highly recommended that you contact the professor(s) directly. (Areas of Study and Research).

-The Statement of Purpose and letters of recommendation also play an important role in the admission process.

-Applicants must have the results of the GRE Exam prior to decisions for admission. Neither the department nor the University have minimum score requirements.

-The needs and wishes of the applicant are considered. However, sometimes we do not offer the desired specialty in this department, or the faculty member in that specialty cannot accept additional students.  Applications are reviewed individually with due consideration for any special circumstances.

-Application for admission will be considered at any time, but most applications for fall semester admission are received during the preceding September through December.  Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid must have all application materials for both admission and financial aid submitted by the
December 15 deadline.


-International Students:
(copied from the Graduate Admissions web site)

The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. Citizenship status.* The operational standards for admission to the University of Minnesota are listed below.

The Twin Cities and Rochester campus TOEFL institutional code is 6874.

The Duluth campus TOEFL institutional code is 6873.

Please note that test scores may not be available for 4-6 weeks after you take the test, and plan accordingly.

Official scores will be required prior to enrollment or before we issue visa documents. 

All English language test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. 

Operational Standard

Internet based test - 79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading



*Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement.