- Am I eligible to apply to the ESS Ph.D. program?
- How do I apply?
- When is the application due?
- Can I apply after December 1st?
- Can I apply for winter or spring quarter admission?
- Is there a minimum GRE score to apply?
- Is a GRE subject test required for admission?
- Where should I send my GRE and TOEFL scores?
- What is the average GRE and GPA of admitted students?
- How can I check to see if UCI has received my test scres (GRE or TOEFL) and/or letters of recommendation?
- Is a faculty advisor required for admission in to the ESS Ph.D. Program?
- Does the ESS Ph.D. program host visit days for prospective students?
- Does the program have scholarships or fellowships available?
- Does UCI have on-campus housing for graduate students?
- How selective is the Earth System Science program?
- What is the typical time to degree for the ESS Ph.D. program?
- Can I schedule an individual visit to the ESS Department?
- Does the Department of Earth System Science have a terminal Master of Science (M.S.) program?
- Contact information for additional questions
Am I eligible to apply to the ESS Ph.D. program?
To be eligible for admission students must meet the admissions criteria listed on the UCI Graduate Division Admissions website. Recommended background for the Department of Earth System Science is listed on the Admission section of this site.
Beginning September 1st students can submit an online application through UCI Graduate Division including GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and an English proficiency test for international students.
Submit one official transcript for every post-secondary institution you have attended directly to the Department of Earth System Science, see address below:
Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine
3200 Croul Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3100
December 1st; however, we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis. There is still time to apply!
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, and admissions will be made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1 for the best chance of admission. The final deadline for applications is March 15.
The ESS Ph.D. program does not accept students for winter or spring quarter admission.
The ESS Ph.D. program does not have a minimum GRE score.
A GRE subject test is not required.
Scores must be reported directly to UCI from ETS. The UCI institutional code for ETS score reporting is 4859. You do not need to include a department code, the Department of Earth System Science will receive your scores regardless of what department code you enter.
The Earth System Science Ph.D program considers many factors when reviewing graduate applications. These factors include but are not limited to research experience, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and academic record. GRE scores and GPA are only two components of the review process and cannot solely be used to determine a student’s academic aptitude or likelihood of admission in to a Ph.D. program. Currently, the average GRE score for an admitted student is Verbal: 155, Quantitative: 160, and Analytical: 4; and the average GPA for an admitted student is 3.41 on a 4.00 grade scale.
How can I check to see if UCI has received my test scores (GRE or TOEFL) and/or letters of recommendation?
After you complete and pay for your application and Graduate Division processes your application (which can take up to one week), you may check to see if your scores and/or letters of recommendation have been received by using the Application Progress Review.
A faculty advisor is not required to be admitted in to the Ph.D. program, however, students are encouraged to contact prospective faculty advisors about their research interests.
Yes, the ESS Ph.D. program hosts a visit day for a select group of U.S. applicants. Students will receive more information directly from the department by February. If prospective students are unable to attend the planned visit day students can request an individual visit.
Due to visa restrictions international students are typically unable to attend.
Yes, all admitted students (including international students) are fully-funded. This includes a moving allowance, an annual stipend of $32,865, tuition and fees, and UCI health insurance.
Yes, students who are admitted to the Earth System Science Ph.D. program are eligible for a guaranteed offer of on-campus housing. To be eligible for this guarantee students must respond to Housing prior to their deadline at the beginning of May. Please refer to the Graduate & Family Housing website for specific information.
Approximately 30% of applicants are admitted each year. The typical incoming cohort is 10-13 students.
Typically, we are unable to schedule individual department visits for students before they apply. During the application process the department hosts a prospective student visit day and individual visits for invited students, please see above question on visit day for more information.
The Department of Earth System Science does not have a terminal master’s degree program. Emphasis at the graduate level is on the Ph.D. degree; the master’s degree may be awarded to Ph.D. students after fulfillment of the requirements.
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