Frequently asked questions for graduate students

1. What are the graduate admission requirements?

Admission is normally awarded to those students who are ranked in the upper third of their baccalaureate graduating class or who have performed successfully at the graduate level. The requirements vary for each program as follows:

To be admitted to the geological engineering program, a GRE Quantitative (Q-148) plus (V+Q) score greater than 298, and Analytical Writing Score (AW) greater than or equal to 3.0 is required along with a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score greater than 550, a computer score greater than 213, a TOEFL iBT score greater than 79, and a International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score greater than 6.5.

To be admitted to the geosciences program, a GRE Quantitative (Q-148) and Analytical Writing Score (AW) greater than or equal to 3.0 is required along with a TOEFL score greater than 550, a computer score greater than 213, an iBT score greater than 79, and a IELTS score greater than 6.0.

To be admitted to the MS petroleum engineering program, a GRE Quantitative (Q-148) and Analytical Writing Score (AW) greater than or equal to 3.0 is required. 

To be admitted to the Ph.D. petroleum engineering program a GRE Quantitative (Q-148) and Analytical Writing Score (AW) greater than or equal to 3.0 is required along with a TOEFL score greater than 550, a computer score greater than 213, an iBT score greater than 79/120, and an IELTS score greater than 6.0 for both MS and Ph.D. programs.

The GGPE department requires that domestic students have a cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) when receiving their undergraduate degree. For international applicants, an equivalent score is required. A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79/120, computer score of 230, iBT score of 88, or IELTS of 6.5 is also required. 

Note for the TOEFL: If the student has an MS degree from a U.S. institution or has been studying in the U.S. more than one year, applicants are not required to submit a TOEFL score.  For further information, go to the admissions website at

2.  What do I need to submit to the Missouri S&T admissions office?

The following items must be submitted for the application to be complete and ready for consideration:

Application form
Application fee of $55 for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants (note that current Missouri S&T students do not need to submit this fee).
GRE scores (this is required of ALL students).
TOEFL scores. 
Official transcripts
Financial statement
Three letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose discussing career goals and interests, as well as general background information.
Resume is optional but strengthens opportunity for funding.

3.  What is the institution code for submitting GRE and TOEFL scores?

The institution code is 6876. There is no departmental code.

4.  What are the admissions deadlines?

All credentials must be received in the admissions office before the dates listed below in order to be considered for the respective term:

For U.S. students
Fall semester - July 15
Spring semester - December 15
Summer semester - May 1


For international students
Fall semester - June 15
Spring semester - November 15
Summer semester - April 1

5.  To ensure that you are considered for funding, apply before the following deadlines:

Fall semester, September 1
Spring semester, March 1
Summer semester, March 1

6.  How do I apply for financial support from the department?

It is assumed that all applicants to the department wish to receive financial support to enable them to pursue their graduate studies.  Therefore, there are no additional application forms that must be completed. Most of the financial support available for graduate students is associated with specific research projects and is dependent upon the availability of grants from individual faculty members. Please note that international students usually cannot be considered for teaching assistantships the first semester they are on campus. 

To assist students in obtaining financial support, all approved applications are forwarded to the faculty members within the department.  When the applicant receives a notification of admission, they will also receive a letter from the department indicating the availability of financial support. 

The applicant will receive one of three letters:

1. A faculty member has indicated an interest in supporting a student and accepting the student into the respective research group.  This letter will confirm the research area, level of support and information on student fee payments. However, the competition for such funding is strong and not all students will receive confirmation of support prior to enrollment.
2. At the time of admission an "officer letter" is included in which a faculty member has expressed an interest in accepting a student into the respective group, but which does not confirm the intent of the faculty to support the student.
3. No commitment of support or identification of an advisor. The students who are accepted by the graduate admission committee based on their comprehensive evaluation but no faculty are available to supervise for research. Students receiving this letter will do a non-thesis master degree.

7.  What is the process for being accepted into the GGPE Department?

After the student has completed the online application and submitted all items referenced in question No. 3, the department will examine to ensure that the minimum admission requirements have been met before making a decision. The decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of application package. If the student is accepted, a letter from the department will be sent to the applicant confirming admission along with any conditions or denials. The information is then returned to the admissions office. Applicants will also be notified of funding, if available, at the time of acceptance. This process sometimes takes several weeks to complete, following receipt of the application. 

8.  What are the research topics of your faculty?

Faculty interests can be found on our website at

9.  Which faculty are accepting new graduate students?

It depends on timing and the number of funded projects by individual faculty members. To ensure that the highest number of admitted students receive funding for their research studies, as noted above, application packages are circulated to all faculty members. While most funding decisions are made at the time of admission, active application packages (i.e., those students who have applied and been admitted per department and university requirements) are reviewed on a continuing basis deadline (as reference in question No. 6) for the semester for which the student has applied. This ensures that all applicants are given the greatest opportunity for selection for funding. 

10.  Do I need to submit official GRE scores, transcripts, etc.?

All application material submitted to the university must be official (i.e., official transcripts must be sent directly from the university to our admissions office; official GRE scores must be sent directly from ETS, etc.). If unofficial materials are submitted, the application can be reviewed, however, it is not possible for the student to enroll at Missouri S&T. The ETS code for our school is 6876.

11.  I have some difficulty in providing my own financial support for my graduate study. Are there opportunities for me to receive some kind of financial aid, such as a research assistantship?

If you receive an admission letter with no commitment of financial support, your application is kept as an active application until the start of the semester for which you have applied. Your information will be reconsidered together with all new applications before the funding deadline. Therefore, there is the possibility that you will receive funding. If this occurs, you will receive an updated letter indicating this. However, some applicants make a decision to enroll at Missouri S&T with no commitment of support. While faculty members within the department actively write research proposals and seek funds to support graduate students, you are cautioned that there is significant competition for these funds among qualified applicants, and typically, such support is awarded to a student at the time of admission. There is a limited amount to be given to students for teaching assistantship. Hence, if you decide to accept admission, please be aware that you will likely be solely responsible for your own financial support. For information regarding the cost of attendance, please refer to the projected costs for graduate students at

12.  Where do I send my application package?

All application materials are entered online by the student when applying for admission; however if you need to mail items, please send them directly to our graduate admissions office:

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Graduate Admissions Office
G2 Parker Hall, 300 W. 13th Street
Rolla, MO  65409
Email address: