Application forms for admission and financial aid may be filled out directly via the Grad College website. Completed applications, including transcripts, should be submitted by midnight EST on January 15th for admission in August. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a firm background in physics, chemistry and mathematics is required for admission. The GRE exam is not required to apply.

The Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change and the Illinois Graduate College are committed to encouraging diversity among graduate students in Geology. The Department participates in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-supported University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM). Students who are eligible for Sloan fellowships are strongly encouraged to apply early (January 5th or earlier; this maximizes likelihood of success), and contact the department to express interest in the program.

The department is well positioned to provide full financial support to many of its graduate students! Find more details on our Financial Aid page.  

Address correspondence to:

Chairman, Geology Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

You may also request information from the Graduate Admissions Secretary at: or (217) 333-3540

Graduate College

More information and petition forms are available at the Grad College website.