Stanford University
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park


Understanding Earth. Benefitting Society.

Common Questions

Do I need a Master’s degree to apply to the Geophysics doctoral program?

No. Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree may apply directly to our doctoral program.

Do I need to submit a GRE score with my application?

The Geophysics department does not require applicants to submit a GRE score.

What is the minimum GPA score required in order to be considered for admission?

We do not have a minimum GPA requirement. The evaluation of each applicant is based on all the materials in the file and is not exclusively based on the GPA.

What is an ‘official’ transcript?

The PDF version of the transcripts you upload on line are considered "unofficial." The university requires "official" transcripts that are produced and sent directly by your university in a sealed envelope. You may also send official transcripts yourself as long as the envelope has not been opened, as indicated by an unbroken seal with a signature or stamp across it. You can also request your school to send an official electronic transcript to 

What if my official transcripts are not received by the deadline?

Your file will not be considered complete until all required application materials are received. We may do a preliminary review of your file with unofficial transcripts, but we will not make a final decision until we have official transcripts.

If I do not have a Geophysics academic background, am I still eligible to apply?

We have a wide variety of students from various academic backgrounds. Please refer to our academic section to review course requirements to the degree.

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For more information about Geophysics Admissions

If you have questions, please contact Geophysics Admissions at

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