Prospective Student Information


Apply on-line:  through the FAU Graduate College.

Admission Requirements:

Application Deadlines:

PhD Program in Geosciences
Entry to Fall Semester: March 15th, February 15 for international students

Masters Programs*
Entry to Fall Semester: March 15th, February 15 for international students
Entry to Spring Semester: October 15 (September 15 for International Students)
Entry to Summer Semester: March 15 (December 15 for International Students)
*Masters applicants not seeking funding will be considered on a rolling basis


Admission to the program: 

When may I enter the program?  Currently the doctoral program in Geosciences only accepts students for Fall semester admission. Masters students can enter any term, including summer

Is the Department of Geosciences application separate from the official university application?  All graduate applicants must fill out an official university application for the Graduate College . and a Geosciences' department application  Doctoral application:  Department of Geosciences PhD application .  Master's application:  Department of Geosciences MS Application .

What should be included in the doctoral applicant statement of purpose for admission?  The statement of purpose should be 2-3 double spaced pages that discuss the applicant’s background and reasons for applying to the program. 

Is there a form for the letter of recommendation?  Letter(s) should be mailed to the department or emailed to Letters of recommendation are optional for Masters applicants .

Do international transcripts have to be evaluated prior to the admission process? All applicants who have completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by FAU at no cost or an independent evaluation service that is a NACES member. at the applicant's cost  Applicants must send certified translated transcripts to the Graduate College.  

Department mailing Address: 

Florida Atlantic University 
Department of Geosciences 
Attn: Graduate Admissions Committee
777 Glades Road 
Boca Raton , Florida 33431


Financial Support:

Many full-time graduate students receive financial support in the form of teaching and/or research assistantships. 

  • Doctoral TA stipend is $20,000 for 12 months.  
  • Masters' TA stipend is $10,000 for 9 months.  
  • Funded Doctoral and Masters' also receive a 100% of tuition waiver, based upon a 9-hour full-time course load per semester.  Student fees are not covered by assistantships, and payment of fees are the full responsibility of the student.  A breakdown of student fees per credit hour can be found at

Additional Financial Support may be available through other FAU initiatives: 
Go to FAU's Financial Aid web page for more information