Geological Sciences

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD GEOL Fall* December 14, 2021
Master’s MS GEOL Fall* December 14, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021  (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Studies Donna Surge (
Graduate Coordinator Deborah Harris (
Address Department of Geological Sciences
CB# 3315, Mitchell Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-966-4516
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

The application deadline for funding consideration is December 14, 2021.  Applications received after this time will not ordinarily be eligible for any departmental of university funding.

Statement of Purpose:  The required 2-3 page personal statement should describe present fields of interest in geology, reasons for applying to UNC, and future professional plans.  Where possible, please indicate which faculty member or members in the Department of Geological Sciences most closely match your research interests.

Program Application Fee Payment: Students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4-point scale may contact us to inquire about eligibility for program payment of the application fee. Please email Ms. Deborah Harris ( with the title “Application Fee Payment” and attach your unofficial transcripts to prove your qualification for the application fee waiver by December 14, 2021.  If you believe you are eligible for the academic program to pay your application fee, please choose the Check or Money Order option on the Program of Study page within the application.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with department is Spring admission considered.