A student usually enters the doctoral program in Geology with a degree in a basic science and should have substantial undergraduate/masters work in at least one of the following or a related area: geology, chemistry, or physics. Applicants for graduate study will select an area of specialization in geology based on their undergraduate/masters work.
Students are admitted by a vote of the Geology Graduate Admissions Committee. Academic advising will be done by the Entrance Advisory Committee until the student decides on a faculty sponsor/advisor.
Research Assistantships are directed by the major professor and involve field and/or laboratory work on research projects awarded to the department. Teaching assistantship duties vary from grading to teaching lower and upper level labs, or lower level undergraduate courses depending on the interest and experience of the student. Stipend amounts depend of degree level, experience, duties and project funding. A full-time student, domestic or international, with an assistantship (teaching or research) qualifies for a tuition waiver. Waivers cover only tuition, remaining fees are paid by the student. Refer to the FSU’s tuition page and the University’s waiver policy for more information.
Doctoral candidates must complete 18 semester hours of coursework beyond that required for the MS degree (48 semester hours total), with considerable freedom in course load commensurate with their interest and prior training. At the Ph.D. level coursework must include a doctoral seminar (GLY 6982) each year for the first two years. The Department currently has no other specific curriculum requirements for Ph.D. students.
- Earn at least a B in all graduate courses taken
- Pass the Preliminary Exam (GLY 8964)
- Produce and publically present a written prospectus
- Enroll for a minimum of 24 semester hours of dissertation
- Produce a written thesis and present a public defense of that work (GLY 8985)
- Click here for the Geology Graduate Student Handbook
- Click here for the University Graduate Bulletin
- 3.0 or better upper division GPA
- 50th percentile for verbal part of GRE (currently 150 or above)
- 70th percentile for quantitative part of GRE (currently 155 or above)
Ms. Michaela Lupiani (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the primary contact for students interested in the Geology graduate degree.