Admission Requirements

An applicant may be considered for admission as a regular degree-seeking graduate student in Geology if he or she qualifies in all of the following:

Department Requirements:

GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0 or above in all subjects over the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.

GPA of 3.0 or above in undergraduate major courses.

GPA of 3.0 or above in undergraduate chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics courses.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score of 50 percentile, or above, as an average for the three general areas (verbal, quantitative, analytical).

English Language Proficiency – All international applicants including Permanent Residents must show evidence of English proficiency.  Graduate Studies accepts TOEFL or IELTS.  TOEFL minimum iBT=85 Total with 22 in speaking and 21 in all other categories.  IELTS minimum = Total band score of 7.0 (minimum band of 6.0 in each module).

University Requirements

Provisional Admittance: An application may be considered for admission as a provisional graduate student in Geology if he or she is slightly deficient in one or more of the above requirements.  Overall GPA below 2.85 is automatically rejected by the BYU Graduate Office.  The Geology faculty will propose a plan for remedial work, which the student must agree to and which is spelled out in detail on Form 1b and filed with the Graduate Office and Department of Geological Sciences at the time of admission. This form is a contract and all remedial work must be completed before the thesis defense and graduate oral examination will be scheduled.