Requirements for admission are highly flexible and each application is judged on its own merits. Students with backgrounds in applied math, biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, engineering, physics, and related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. When applying, applicants should list up to three EPS faculty whose research fields are closest to their interests. For lists of faculty working in specific research areas, please browse our study and research areas.

Note regarding the GRE: GRE scores are accepted as part of the application but are not required.

Once enrolled, all graduate students are provided generous financial support, including research and teaching assistantships, full tuition, and a research allowance. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for outside funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation prior to gaining admission.

Graduation rates for PhD enrollees in EPS historically are high, with roughly two-thirds of our faculty seeing 100% of their students through to graduation, and nearly 80% having a > 75% retention rate. The average time to graduation is between 5.0-5.5 years, although with students in laboratory or field-based projects generally taking longer (average 6 years).


EPS admits students for the PhD only; we do not admit students for the Master of Arts (AM) degree.

For admission in Fall 2021, the application deadline is January 5, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All details about the application process and required materials can be found at GSAS Admissions.

Note regarding admissions: GSAS is committed to ensuring that the application fee does not create a financial obstacle for prospective applicants. Waivers are available to those for whom payment of the application fee would be financially challenging. Applicants can determine eligibility for a fee waiver by completing a series of questions in the Application Fee section of the application. Once these questions have been completed, the application system will provide an immediate response regarding fee waiver eligibility.