Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

Admission requirements

The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee requests the following materials from each applicant:

  1. A Graduate application;
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education;
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores;
  4. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate's academic abilities and professional potential.
  5. Separate application to the GGP Program Director for a graduate assistantship, if desired.  The application for graduate assistantship is available at the Graduate College website.

Since no specific undergraduate major is required, some students may be admitted on a conditional basis if they lack sufficient academic experience to take the required core courses.  In these cases, specific undergraduate courses may be required before full admission is granted.  Undergraduates interested in this program are encouraged to include courses in cartography, aerial photography interpretation, statistics, chemistry, biology and environmental science.  Calculus and physics may be required for studies in some areas of geology.

Accelerated program option

Missouri State undergraduate students with junior or senior level standing may apply for the accelerated master’s program, which allows them to count up to 6 credit hours of undergraduate study toward a master’s degree. Learn more about the admission and program requirements of the accelerated program.