Stanford University
Death Valley

Geological Sciences

The study of our planet and its neighbors, from their deep interiors to the surface, and through their multi-billion year history.

Admission FAQs

Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not required and will not be considered for admission.

How do I know if you've received my transcript/test score/etc?

Applicants are required to upload scanned copies of official transcripts to the online application. If you need to  submit an e-transcript review instructions on the GS Admissions page.  A complete review of all application materials will begin after the deadline. Applicants will be contacted directly if there are any follow up questions regarding their application materials. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot respond to individual inquiries about the status of documents submitted. A comprehensive review of all application materials will begin after the deadline. You will be contacted directly for any missing materials.

Do I need to submit hard copies of official transcripts?

No. Applicants are required to upload scanned copies of official transcripts to the online application. If you need to  submit an e-transcript review instructions on the GS Admissions page

Can I apply for Spring admission?

The department only accepts applications for the Fall quarter.

Do you have a minimum GPA requirement?

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

Do you accept the IELTS?

We do not accept the IELTS, only the TOEFL.  Please see the Stanford University Graduate Admissions website for additional information about the TOEFL and TOEFL waivers.

Can I apply for an application fee waiver?

The Stanford Earth Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office provides a set number of fee waivers to students who would like to apply to graduate programs in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and are in financial need. To see if you qualify visit the School-Based Waivers page. Fee waiver applications typically open in October. All fee waiver applications must be completed 10 business days prior to your department deadline.

Do I need a Master's degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?

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

I am an international or DACA/undocumented student, can I apply and qualify for funding? 

GS department welcomes all students regardless of their nationality or migratory status  to apply and be considered for funding (more resources at https://undocumented.stanford.edu/students/graduate-students). 

What if I am interested in working with faculty in multiple departments?

Applicants can only apply to one department. Apply to the department that is the best fit for your research interests. Faculty and students within the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences work closely with each other, and with other departments on campus. Current students have opportunities to work with faculty in other departments.

Help! I'm having technical issues with the application!

Technical support is available from any page within the online application by clicking on the CollegeNET Tech Support link. You can also send email to the CollegeNet Help Desk at help@applyweb.com. CollegeNET responds to technical support questions within 24 hours. When requesting technical support include: User name, Full Name, Email Address

Please also visit the Stanford University Graduate Admissions website for additional information about eligibility, required exams, submitting the application, file upload requirements, and more.

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