How To Apply

Application Information for the Master of Geoscience Online

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Application Deadlines Classes Begin
May 1 each year the following June 1
August 1 each year the following August 30
December 1 each year the following January 1

Complete the Texas A&M Graduate Degree Application

Applicants must complete the Texas A&M GraduateCAS application. There is a non-refundable application fee of USD $89 for domestic students, and USD $114 for international students.

The application has four quadrants:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Academic History
  3. Supporting Information
  4. Program Materials

Within GraduateCAS, you will be provided with all of the necessary prompts for completing the application.

Your application must match your government-issued identification (e.g., Driver’s license, Passport, etc.)

If you have questions, please contact our MGsc Academic Advisor.

Steps for choosing the Online MGsc degree program

  1. After your account is created in the CAS system, click on the “Add Program” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the College of Geosciences section.
  3. You must choose the correct program based on the guidelines below. You can find the department name by scrolling to the right of the screen.
    • If you wish to apply to the GIST or PDM track, you will then choose the “Master of Geosciences - Online” in the Geography Department.
    • If you wish to apply to the ODS track, then you will choose the “Master of Geosciences - Online” in the Department of Oceanography.

Upload Official Transcripts

Applicants must upload transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institution that you attended into the Academic History section of GraduateCAS. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded; however, if you are admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Current and former students of Texas A&M: Texas A&M official transcripts do not need to be submitted. All courses that have been transferred to Texas A&M will be reflected on the official Texas A&M transcript.

Standardized test scores are not required.

The MGsc does not require the GRE or other standardized test scores. You do not need to submit any of these materials.

International Students: please see the Texas A&M International Graduate Admissions website for requirements.

Upload a Resume

A resume is required and will be uploaded into the Supporting Information Section. Please include information on your objective statement to list, education, technical skills, work experiences, leadership, non-academic activities, services, or honors.

Experiences and Achievements, located under the Supporting Information Section, are not required.

Upload a Personal Statement

The Personal Statement will be uploaded into the Program Materials Section of GraduateCAS, and should address the following requirements:

  • The Personal Statement should be 1-2 pages single spaced.
  • Describe your interests and motivations and why you are interested in pursuing this graduate certificate. Be brief but articulate why it fits your academic goals.
  • Describe relevant work experience or research-related activities that demonstrate your preparedness for graduate school.
  • Indicate how your experiences will help you succeed in graduate school. Remember your writing should be suitable for a professional audience.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation from supervisors, faculty, or colleagues from a current or previous position to evaluate your academic and professional abilities, and work ethic to pursue graduate studies. All letters of recommendation must be turned in before your application is reviewed.

Applicants may also choose to submit non-academic recommendations that can address your relevant knowledge and/or experience.

Submitting Letters of Recommendation

GraduateCAS will direct you to the Letters by Liaison portal, where you will submit the names and emails of your recommenders. After you submit the names of your recommenders, they will receive instructions for completing the electronic evaluation.

Please prepare your recommenders. Once you choose your recommenders, you will need to inform them about the process and that they will be completing the recommendation electronically. We recommend getting their preferred email address and asking that they monitor that inbox for your recommendation request (which will come from They may also need to check any junk or spam folders.

Please do not solicit the letters directly from recommenders. Recommendations will only be acceptable via the CAS System.

Submit your Application

An application is considered "complete" when all documents, including resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and application fees, have been received. Any applications missing required materials or not meeting eligibility criteria by the admission deadline will not be considered. The application fee must be included for you application to be submitted. The (non-refundable) application fee is USD $89 for domestic students, and USD $114 for international students.

After you Apply

  • Verify that your application is complete by checking your GraduateCAS application to ensure all of the quadrants are marked “complete”.
  • Your Application materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
  • Applicants may expect to receive an admission decision within four weeks of the admission deadline. Regardless of your admission decision, you will receive electronic communication from our admissions team.

Bacterial Meningitis Immunization

TEC 51.9192 requires all students under age 22 entering an institution of higher education to provide current proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis (an immunization given within 5 years of the date of intended enrollment) or meet certain requirements for declining such a vaccination. The original TDSHS form required for students declining the vaccination must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. For graduate students who are in a distance education program, they will need to fill out the Petition to Waive Bacterial Meningitis for Distance Education and submit it.

Students may not register for classes until this requirement is satisfied.