Application Procedures

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Hands-on learning is part of the MSAG curriculum.

Students learn how to do basic techniques such as how to bail a well, then take the data and analyze it.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: April 15
  • Spring Admission Deadline: October 15   

    * All application materials must be received in our office by the application deadline.


Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Click button to begin:

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An application must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Non-refundable application fee of $70.00 (Make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Application essays (see below)
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system (*international transcript policy)
  • TOEFL score reports for international students*
  • Two letters of Recommendation

* if applicable. See “Standardized test scores” below.

Application Essays

Please respond to each of the following questions. Upload all essays together in one document. Responses may be as long or as short as you feel necessary.

  1. Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity? Yes/No

If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance

  1. Please describe how your professional and academic background has prepared you to enter the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program at Penn.
  2. Describe in conceptual terms the curriculum you hope to pursue as an MSAG student.
  3. How do you expect to apply the expertise you would gain in the MSAG program?

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required for this program. However, you may choose to submit standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Use ETS code 2986 when requesting these test scores.

Most international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (see:** ). If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was not English, you must submit an official TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website.

***Upon review of an applicant's file, the admissions committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.***

Letters of Recommendation

You must submit two letters of recommendation, but you may submit a third optional letter. Recommendations should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to study geoscience at the advanced level. Recommendations may be submitted online or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application. For paper recommendations, please print a copy of the University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies Official Recommendation Form and supply a copy to each recommender. For paper recommendations, please use the required form for the recommendation letter, which can be downloaded here.

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