Applying for admission to The Robert L. Bolin Graduate School of Petroleum Geology

Admissions (How to Apply)

Admission to either degree path (5-year combined B.S./M.S. or the Traditional M.S.) requires two separate application forms to be completed.  One set of documents will be submitted to the Midwestern State University McAda Graduate School through the Apply Texas Portal, and the other e-mailed to the graduate coordinator of the geoscience program.

Please use the following outline as a guide to applying to either graduate degree path:

  1. Review the graduate course descriptions and faculty profiles to ensure that faculty are conducting research that pertains to your particular interests.
  2. Contact faculty to discuss possible thesis projects and to learn more about graduate life at Midwestern State University.
  3. Submit the following documents to the graduate coordinator (Dr. Rebecca Dodge,
  4. Complete the MSU McAda Graduate School Application Procedure through the Apply Texas system.
    • Submit official academic transcripts to the MSU McAda Graduate School.
    • Send GRE and TOEFL/IELTS (international students only) scores to the Midwestern State University McAda Graduate School.


Admission Due Date (for full consideration to start Fall 2018):

  • March 01, 2018
Please note that this date is earlier than that posted by the McAda Graduate School.

Admission Requirements:

Students applying to the Traditional M.S. path should have a B.S. or B.A. in geosciences or related disciplines by the beginning of the enrollment period.  Applicants whose majors are in other sciences and engineering are encouraged to apply.  In some instances, additional coursework in geosciences, math, physics, and/or chemistry may be required.  Current Midwestern State University students applying to the combined 5-year degree path must do so by the end of their junior year.  The 5-year combined path also requires three letters of recommendation that must be submitted to the graduate coordinator.  One of these letters may be from faculty outside of the geosciences.  Students must complete all required academic core courses prior to admission to the combined degree program.

Students should have a satisfactory overall GPA of at least 3.00 and satisfactory scores on the GRE (e.g. Verbal ≥ 150; Quantitative ≥ 155).  Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted into the program on a conditional basis.