Graduate Application

Our department offers graduate programs leading to a M.S. or a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Faculty and students have a wide range of interests in Hydrology, Lacustrine Processes, Polar Environments, Paleoclimatology, Geochronology, Quaternary Geology, Clastic Sedimentology, Mineralogy, Biogeochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Stable Isotope Geochemisty, Hydrogeochemistry, Synchrotron Radiation Studies, Petrology, Geodynamics, Paleontology, Paleoecology, Landscape Statistics, Plate Tectonics, Marine Geophysics, and more.

UIC is the largest university in the city of Chicago and one of the four Research I universities in the state. The enrollment is 25,000 students, with nearly one fifth at the graduate level. The campus is located in a pleasant area on the city's Near West Side and is convenient to Chicago's social, educational, and cultural amenities. The surrounding neighborhoods also provide various opportunities for housing .

The Graduate College provides general information for graduate students at UIC. If you have any specific questions please contact Professor Andrew Dombard, Graduate Director.

The department may provide financial assistance to prospective students to visit the campus on interview trips. Also, we encourage students to contact individual faculty members or graduate students if they have further questions.

The deadlines for application are February 1 (fall admission) and July 15 (spring admission). Most financial aid decisions are made by early March for the next academic year, so an earlier submittal is encouraged. Please contact the Graduate Director for funding availability should you apply after February. A B.A. or B.S. in geology, science, or engineering is required for the M.S. program, but students from other backgrounds may be considered for admission. The grade point average should be at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study. A B.A. or B.S. degree is also required for the Ph.D. program; however, we recommend that students who will not have a M.S. degree when registering at UIC should first enter the M.S. program at UIC. After successful completion of the M.S. degree, students can enter the Ph.D. program. Recommended courses for M.S. admission include mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, field course, calculus, physics, chemistry.

A complete application includes:

Scholarships from both the university and the department are available. Graduate assistantships are available with a stipend per academic year (includes tuition and service fee waiver and is based on a 50% appointment). The department also has a limited number of tuition and service fee waivers. Most of our M.S. and Ph.D. students receive support, usually for 2 or 4 years, respectively.

More extensive information information about our graduate program can be found elsewhere . The graduate catalog provides an overview of the graduate-level courses offered at UIC.