Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major in geology, chemistry or associated fields (e.g. biology or environmental studies with at least 30 quarter units of upper-division work).
  3. One year each of laboratory courses in: general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.
  4. 4. One full-term course in basic calculus or methods in calculus.
  5. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses used for credit in the major.
  6. Submission of scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate committee.
  7. Submission to the Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate committee of a one-page, typewritten personal statement explaining the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in the MSEES program, option desired (PSM or Geology), potential areas of research or interest, possible advisor or committee chair, and professional goals upon graduation.
  8. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's intent and potential for success in the program. At least two of the letters should be from current or former college or university faculty familiar with the student's scholarship and related activities.

Except in extraordinary situations, we accept new students for the Fall Quarter. The deadline for application is 1 March.

Please send all materials to Graduate Admissions, except for letters of recommendation.  Please have your recommenders send those directly to the Graduate Coordinator (address below).  If you are an international student, please go to the Center for International Studies and Programs ( as there are additional requirements for international students.

Dr. Joan E. Fryxell

Graduate Coordinator, MSEES Program

Dept. of Geological Sciences

California State University

5500 University Parkway

San Bernardino, CA 92407  USA