Geology MS Admissions

The requirements for admission to our graduate program are stated in the Graduate Catalog and on the University’s Graduate Admissions website. In general, you must successfully complete an undergraduate degree in Geology or a related area.  Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered for Graduate Assistantships.  Before applying, prospective students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Sheila Roberts, to learn more about the program, and email potential faculty advisors to discuss graduate research options.

Application for admission and Graduate Assistantships requires the following (click on each for more information):

BGSU code for ETS reports is 1069.

Transcript submission procedures and policies are changing effective for Fall and Summer 2017 admission.  Please visit the Graduate College website for details.

FOR SPRING 2017 ADMISSION, letters may be delivered electronically to the Graduate Coordinator at or mailed on paper to:

Department of Geology
190 Overman Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH USA 43403-0211

Applicants are required to request that these reference letters be sent.  BGSU does not automatically contact referees listed on the application form.

FOR LATER ADMISSION, letters will be collected through the Graduate Admissions system (referees will receive a system generated email).

FOR SPRING 2017 ADMISSION, you are also welcome to list additional information such as honors, awards, previous employment, etc., either in the same document or in a separate résumé.  Please send as an attachment (either Word or –PDF) to

FOR LATER ADMISSION, these items will be collected by the Graduate Admissions system.


International Students

Applicants from countries with primary languages of instruction other than English must take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS exam in addition to the requirements listed above. The recommended minimum scores for graduate admission are: 80 for TOEFL (IBT), 77 for MELAB and 7.0 for IELTS. International students who meet all minimum standards are eligible for consideration for Graduate Assistantships.  International applicants are also required to submit additional documents.  Please visit the International Student Services website for more information.


All materials should be received by March 1 for full consideration for Assistantship awards for Fall or by October 1 for Spring.  Applications will be considered at other times, depending on the availability of space and/or funding.