The online application becomes available on the Tuesday after Labor Day. The online application process is the method of applying to our department.
The application deadline is December 1, 2017.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. The department does not require a subject test. If you want to be considered for a fellowship, you should take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) by November. GRE scores older than five years will NOT be accepted. There are several department codes you could use (including Geophysics and Atmospheric Science), all of which would get the scores to us. The most commonly used code is the one for Geology, 0504. The institution (UC Berkeley) code for both the GRE and TOEFL is 4833.
International applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please see the Graduate Division website regarding required minimum scores. The department code to use is 71 (Geology).
Uploaded transcripts are required from every college or university you have ever attended. This includes transcripts of summer sessions attended even if only one course was taken; a summary of credit transferred from an institution previously attended that is recorded on the transcript issued by the university granting the degree is not sufficient. Transcripts not in English should be accompanied by translations from the university that issued them. Translations alone are not enough; we need an upload of both the translation and the original.
The online application requires you to select at least one faculty advisor. Pleast go to our faculty page to review our list of potential advisers.
You can check the status of your application by logging back into it. Do not inquire before January as to whether or not your application is complete. A delay in receiving some materials such as letters of recommendation will not affect your application.
We highly recommended viewing the website for prospective graduate students at:
After reading the FAQs, if you have additional questions, please contact:
Margie Winn, Student Affairs Officer
University of California
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
307 McCone Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4767