Deadlines and How to Apply


The application deadline for Autumn 2024 entry to the graduate program is December 18, 2023. 

Apply Online

All application materials must be submitted via the online application.

To apply online please visit

Application Review

It is strongly recommended that applicants reach out to a prospective advisor before applying.

The Department of the Geophysical Sciences no longer accepts General GRE or subject GRE scores for applications for graduate admission. GRE scores should not be mentioned anywhere in any student’s application.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of academic life, including grading systems, research, travel, internships, employment, and many other activities.  We also understand that the impact of the pandemic is not felt equally by all students, and will depend on a student’s individual experiences. We will take these circumstances into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of our holistic application review process.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Generally speaking, the Committee does not start to review applications until after the application deadline. Therefore, while submitting your application early will ensure that there is plenty of time for supplementary materials to be added to your application, it does not necessarily mean that you will receive a decision any sooner.

We aim to notify applicants of admissions decisions by Early February.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago, in admissions and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, or other factors irrelevant to participation in programs of the University. The Affirmative Action Officer is the University official responsible for coordinating its adherence to this policy, and the related Federal and State laws and regulations (including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended).