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Geological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3022
Moscow, ID 83844-3022
phone: (208) 885-6192

Graduate Programs

The Department of Geological Sciences offers graduate degrees in:

Geology (M.S. and Ph.D.)

Hydrology (M.S.)

Master of Science

General M.S. requirements apply. Majors offered under the M.S. degree are geology and hydrology. Prerequisites are the equivalent of an undergraduate major in the area of specialization. A written thesis is required for which ten credits (of the minimum of 30 credits for the degree) are permitted. A non-thesis option is available under special conditions in hydrology.

Doctor of Philosophy

General Ph.D. requirements apply. Admission to the doctoral program is based on the compatibility of the student's research interests with those of the major professor, upon the availability of research support, and the student's academic record and potential. Applicants are expected to have the prerequisites as specified for the M.S. degree with a major in geology. Each research program is developed by the student and the major professor with the advisory committee's approval. Up to 45 credits are permitted in research and dissertation.

Application Deadlines:

Applicants who meet the Priority Deadline will receive priority consideration for admission and assistantships.

Priority Deadlines

  • FALL - January 15
  • SPRING - September 1
  • SUMMER - February 1

All materials should be sent directly to the University of Idaho Graduate Admissions office. When packets are complete, they forward materials to our department for review. Please note that ALL of these items MUST be received in the Graduate Admissions office by the application deadline, including the letters of recommendation, otherwise you run the risk of not being considered for an assistantship due to an incomplete application.

Requirements include:

  • Department Application Form
  • University Graduate College application form
  • Official transcripts from each university attended
  • GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) - this is a department requirement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    Letters of recommendation can be sent via email to Graduate Admissions at
  • Statement of interest, including relevant work and/or research experience

For information on how to apply, please review the following links:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members directly to find out more information about specific research programs and research funding opportunities in the department.

For additional information about scholarships, assistantships, tuition waivers, or the Geological Sciences academic program, please contact:

Mickey Gunter (
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443022
Moscow, ID 83844-3022
(208) 885-6015