How to Apply to Graduate School

Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Welcome to the web site for the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We are pleased to provide to you with information about our graduate degree programs and the Department of Geosciences in general.

You can contact the Geosciences Graduate Program Director Steve Petsch for geology, or Stan Stevens for geography.

Information requests about the various graduate degree programs in the Department of Geosciences are handled by the main Graduate School Information Request Webpage. Make sure you select both the “Geography (M.S.)” and “Geosciences (M.S., Ph.D.)” Areas of Interest towards the bottom of that page if you are interested in both. Note that Geosciences-specific information requests must be placed via the Graduate School Information Request Webpage mentioned above--requests sent directly to the Geosciences’ Graduate Program Directors will *NOT* be honored.

We suggest that you explore the current research projects and general research interests in the Department by visiting the individual web pages of faculty whom you may consider as possible advisors. We encourage you to write them directly about current projects they may be involved in, or for which they have graduate student funding.

The University of Massachusetts Graduate School maintains its own website at which hosts lots of general information for prospective students, as well as the official online version of the Graduate School Bulletin,  which outlines specific requirements for the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

If possible, we encourage you to visit the Department to meet potential advisors and current graduate students to get a feeling for the program and the environment.

If you decide to apply to UMass Geosciences for graduate study, Please use the Graduate School Online Application Page. The Graduate School no longer uses traditional paper applications.

Applications for Geosciences M.S. or Ph.D. are due by January 15 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester. Applications for the Geography M.S. are due by February 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester.

Contact us

Department of Geosciences
627 North Pleasant Street
233 Morrill Science Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9297

Phone: (413) 545-2286
Fax: (413) 545-1200