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M.S. Degree in Geoscience



  • GRE with analytical writing component is required
  • Overall undergraduate GPA , a minimum of 3.0 or above
  • Minimum of 18 hours of science (preferably Geoscience) courses in the undergraduate level
  • A one-to-two page statement of research goals included in the application with a copy to the Department Chair at fred.siewers@wku.edu
  • Written evidence (Email is acceptable) of an agreement from a research faculty member willing to supervise the applicant's proposed thesis research project
  • Passing grade (C or above) in appropriate undergraduate coursework to support the thesis research program
  • Student applying for graduate assistantship must have a written support from a research faculty member prior to submitting an application
  • Other application requirement for Domestic applicants are available at Domestic Degree Seeking
  • Other application requirement for International applicants are available at International Degree Seeking


  • Application deadline February 1st for Fall admission
  • Admission applications are available online and submitted directly to WKU Graduate School at Graduate Applications (Domestic and International Applicants-Masters Degree)
  • Graduate Assistantship application for the Academic Year must be received by February 1st. Assistanship funds are awarded on academic year basis only. There is typically no funding opportunities for Spring semester only. Graduate Assistantship application is available here to apply.
  • Copies of Supporting documents (statement of research goals and faculty supervisor agreement) should be directly sent to the Department of Geography and Geology- Attn: Graduate Committee


  • Renewal application for the Second Academic Year Graduate Assistantship funding should be received in the Graduate School office by February 1st. Graduate Assistantship Continuation Application is available here to apply.
  • Information and guidelines for success in graduate studies, thesis proposal and thesis defense, thesis writing, and other valuable resources are available in the M.S. Geoscience Graduate Student Handbook


Admission and application information are available here

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 Last Modified 4/1/20