Department of Geological Sciences Graduate Application Process
  • Fill out an electronic application form: before March 1st
  • Provide additional admission material, must include:
    • 1) 1 set of official transcripts in sealed envelopes from your undergraduate college or university (mailed to Enrollment Services)
    • 2) Official copy of GRE scores (sent to Enrollment Services)
    • 3) Department Application (pdf) (mailed or e-mailed to Graduate Advisor)
    • 4) 2 letters of recommendation (mailed or e-mailed to Graduate Advisor)


Send all transcripts and test scores to:

Enrollment Services
Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

Mail letters of recommendation to the department at:

Graduate Advisor
Department of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182

Many items in the department application may seem like duplicates of what is sent to Enrollment Services. We do not see any items sent to Enrollment Services until your application is complete (all transcripts and GRE scores received). Sending your Statement of Purpose and unofficial transcripts directly to the department allows us to start processing your application in a timely manner.


Contact: Irene Occhiello (graduate assistant)
Prof. Kathy Thorbjarnarson (graduate advisor)