Minimum Admission Criteria: Direct-to-PhD in Atmospheric Sciences

We admit students who do not have a Master’s degree and have shown potentials in research into the Direct-to-PhD programs in both Atmospheric Sciences and Geography. Students in these programs should complete the PhD in five academic years.

Minimum admission criteria for applications to the Direct-to-PhD in Atmospheric Sciences Program and in Geography Program are listed below:

• A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from an accredited college or university, earned by the expected date of entry into your graduate program.

• A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate work.

• A completed calculus series (Atmospheric Sciences only)

• Training and/or experience that demonstrates that you are prepared for your proposed course of study. Evidence of such preparation usually comes in the form of transcripts or other such credentials, your research statement, and evaluations in your letters of reference.

• Proof of English language proficiency, for international applicants and those who have held the status of U.S. permanent resident for less than one year from the first day of the first term of enrollment. Minimum required scores:

     TOEFL: 100 on the Internet-based, with a 24 on the speaking

     MELAB: 84

     IELTS: 7.0, with a 7.5 speaking

Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree (or higher) from one of these English-speaking countries are exempt: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.

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