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Admission Requirements

Applications are encouraged from all qualified individuals. Some general guidelines are as given below:

Ph.D. Program

A master's of science is a required to apply as a Ph.D. student.

M.S. Degree Program

A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite. Many applicants have a degree in geography, but many degree specializations are appropriate depending upon a student's interests.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

There is no minimum GPA to be considered as an applicant, but most incoming students have GPAs well above 3.00.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Current GRE scores are required to apply. There is no minimum GRE score to apply.

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. The recommendation letters are important. Choose recommenders who can adequately and fairly assess your potential, both as a student and a researcher.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) is required.

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