Geological Sciences at UTSA offers graduate research programs leading to the Master of Science degree in Geology. Geological Sciences is the multidisciplinary department of the College of Sciences, and our research uses mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, statistics, and computer modeling to address some of the most challenging interdisciplinary questions about the past, present and future state of the earth system. Our department is equipped with computer and laboratory facilities for calculation, visualization, and experimentation. A good number of our students are funded by graduate assistant or research assistantships, or teaching assistantships.
To apply for admission to the M.S. program in geology, you must complete The University of Texas at San Antonio Graduate Application for Admission (available at the Graduate School website). The application consists of an application form, official academic transcripts, a research statement of interest, and 3 letters of recommendation. GRE scores must also be submitted to the Graduate School. These scores will be considered only as one element in the evaluation of applicants. Applications will not be reviewed until complete.
It is highly recommended that applicants contact potential professors in the department that they are interested in working with to assess their availability as an advisor.
Applicants can request degree-seeking or non-degree seeking status (special graduate students or non-degree-seeking graduate students). Applicants for admission as degree-seeking students will be evaluated on the basis of undergraduate academic performance, the research statement of interest, letters of recommendation, and GRE test scores or TOEFL/IETLS scores. A degree-seeking applicant admitted to the program may receive unconditional, conditional, or probationary admission status.
Students whose undergraduate preparation is deficient but who meet the minimum University standards for admission may be conditionally admitted and required to complete specific courses as conditions of admission. If such courses are listed as deficiencies, they will not count toward the graduate degree. Applicant’s evaluations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The priority deadline for admission into the program is March 1 for Fall semester, October 1 for Spring semester.
If you have any questions or would like to talk further with geology faculty about the M.S. program, please contact the Geology Graduate Advisor of Record, Hongjie Xie, Ph.D., telephone (210) 458-5445, by email email@example.com, or any of the Geology faculty in your particular area of interest.
Record of Undergraduate Academic Performance
Applicants should have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in geology (equivalent to UTSA’s) or a bachelor’s degree in another science field from an accredited institution of higher education with sufficient coursework in the geosciences. Those lacking sufficient coursework in the geosciences will be required to make of those deficiencies and those courses will not count toward the program of study.
Include a statement of research interest describing your reasons for entering UTSA’s M.S. program in geology. This document should be double-spaced and should answer the following questions as completely as possible.
■ What particular facet of geology do you wish to pursue in your graduate education, including specializations, if any?
■ How has your prior coursework and related experience prepared you for graduate research work in geology?
■ Which of our faculty members would you be interested in working with? Please explain.
Three Letters of Recommendation
As part of your application, you will need three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should preferably be from faculty with whom you have worked during your academic training. We realize that this is not always possible, especially if you were trained at a smaller institution or geology was not your major. In such cases, recommendations from other science faculty, or faculty in related fields are appropriate. Recommending faculty should be given information about how to submit letters electronically.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Scores or TOEFL/IETLS Scores
For information about the GRE, including test locations and dates, please see www.ets.org. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, GRE scores will be considered only as one element in the evaluation of applicants. Other elements of the application include undergraduate academic performance, the statement of research, and letters of recommendation.