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Prospective Students

The School of Geosciences offers five graduate degree programs and two graduate certificate programs in Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science and Policy. The interdisciplinary nature of our unit positions our graduate students for success.
***UPDATE: Students applying for Fall 2021 admission are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with their application materials. This requirement has been waived due to COVID-19.


How To Apply

Submit your online application here!

We encourage all applicants to review our research specialties and contact the faculty associated with your area of interest prior to applying to our programs.

We welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Please note that students admitted without a relevant bachelor's degree may be required to complete pre-requisite courses at the discretion of their advisor, in consulation with the graduate director.

Application requirements and deadlines for each program are listed in the Graduate Catalog. You can access the Catalog entry for your preferred major by selecting the appropriate link below. All files should be uploaded to the online application in PDF format. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Catalog Links for Programs

Supplemental Application Material

Listed below are the required application materials for all graduate programs in the School of Geosciences.

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess your potential for graduate study
  • Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
    ***UPDATE: Students applying for Fall 2021 admission are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with their application materials. This requirement has been waived due to COVID-19.
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement that addresses your motivation for graduate study in the USF School of Geosciences
  • Writing Sample

Additionally, we require the following supplemental application materials specific to the program you are applying to. Please upload these to your online application.

M.S. and Ph.D. Geology applicants only – Upload these supplemental forms to your online application. All applicants are under consideration for a teaching assistantship.

M.A. Geography, M.S. Environmental Science & Policy, and Ph.D. GEP applicants only – Upload the Graduate Assistantship Application to your online application. You will only be considered for a teaching assistantship if you submit this form.

Please contact our Graduate Program Specialists with any questions you may have during this process.

   Funding Your Degree

Cost of Attendance

Current information regarding tuition and fees for the University of South Florida can be found here. The Office of Graduate Studies hosts a tuition and fee calculator that is helpful for calculating your expected costs.

International applicants should refer to the information provided by USF World regarding the financial requirements to issue an I-20/DS-2019.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded annually to eligible students in our doctoral and masters programs. These nine-month assistantships are awarded based upon grade point average, GRE scores, and original application materials. Students receiving at least a 0.25 FTE graduate assistantship are eligible for a tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend. For more information, please refer to The Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantships Resource Center

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistants are required to supervise labs, grade for large enrollment undergraduate courses, or teach specific courses. All incoming teaching assistants are assigned to an instructor support/grading role. All applicants to the Geology M.S. or Ph.D. programs are considered for TA support. Students applying to the M.S. in Environmental Science, M.A. in Geography, or Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Science & Policy should complete the GEP Graduate Assistantship Application and upload it to their application.

Please note that all international applicants interested in a Teaching Assistantship should refer to the Office of Graduate Studies International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Handbook for information regarding eligibility and English proficiency.

Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistants are hired by individual faculty to work on grant funded research projects. Students are hired contingent on the skills needed for individual projects.


NSF SSTEM Scholarship

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident students seeking an M.S. degree in Geology or Environmental Science are eligible for scholarship support. Scholarships are need-based, provide up to $6,400 per year, and do not affect eligibility for Teaching or Research Assistantships. Geosciences M.S. students receiving scholarships participate in an interdisciplinary program of professional development, community engagement, mentoring, and cohort development with graduate-student peers in Integrative Biology, Environmental Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. More information and scholarship applications can be found here.

Sloan UCEM URM Scholarship

Other Resources

More information regarding School of Geosciences awards, scholarships, and fellowships can be found on our Awards and Fellowships page.

   Contact Us

Graduate Program Directors

Dr. Rocco Malservisi
Office: SCA 218
Phone: 813/974-1593
Geography and ESP
Dr. Philip Van Beynen
Office: NES 313
Phone: 813/974-3026

Graduate Program Administration

Masters Program Specialist
Mr. Andrew Marino
Office: NES 208
Tel: (813) 974-9106
Doctoral Program Specialist

To Be Announced