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How to Apply to the Graduate Program

Deadlines:

Applicants can apply to the graduate program from October 1st, 2016 through January 7th, 2017 for admission Fall 2017. Please reference the Graduate Program Application Instructions. Late applications will be accepted, but research assistantships may no longer be available. 

Selection Process: 

The selection process is very competitive, and not all qualified applicants can be admitted.  We also encourage interested candidates to contact individual faculty members, as early as possible, to discuss their research interests. For additional information, including admissions criteria, financial assistance, and the research interests of individual faculty members, see the Graduate Student Guide and our research program web page.

Basic Entrance Requirements: 

1. B.A. or B.S. degree required for entrance into M.S. Program

[Most students will have a degree in a relevant field such as atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, or the physical sciences]

2. M.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences or closely related discipline required for entrance into the Ph.D. program

3. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

4. Proficiency in undergraduate coursework before entry into the graduate program

[Students are expected to have passed basic courses in math (through partial differential equations), calculus-based physics, chemistry, and computer science equivalent to those required for an Atmospheric Sciences B.S.  The combined GPA of these courses should exceed 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.]

5. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) revised General Test or GRE General Exam (if taken before August 1, 2011)

- Registration for the GRE revised General Test can be achieved at www.ets.org/gre/

- GRE revised General Test Scores must be submitted to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS).  [Note: Applicants who completed the GRE prior to August 1, 2011 can submit the scores from the GRE General Test.]

- Send scores directly to School Code (4853) and Department Code (0501) [Note: photocopies, student copies, and screen shots will not be accepted.]

- GRE Scores must be less than five years old at the time of admission.

- Note: Allow two months for scoring, mailing, and processing.  We recommend taking your tests in September in order to meet the January application and funding deadline.

- Optional study guide: "How to Study for the GRE: Example Questions, Resources, and Study Hacks" by Professor Dennis Masino and Dr. Jackie Giuliano. (NOTE: Content is neither verified nor maintained nor guaranteed by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.)

6. Demonstrated English proficiency (for international student applicants, whose first language is not English)

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission and must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (TOEFL) or from the center where you took the test (IELTS) to the University of Utah Admissions Office (School Code: 4853) at:

The University of Utah
Admissions Office
201 S. 1460 E., Rm. 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
 

How to Apply:

Step 1: Reference the Graduate Program Application Instructions

Step 2: Gather Application Materials

Step 3: Submit Online Application and Pay Fee

Step 4: Check Application Status

Step 5: Acceptance Notification

Step 1: Reference the Graduate Program Application Instructions

  • These instructions will facilitate the process and will answer many frequently asked questions. This is very important because the department requires additional information than what is required on the application.

 

Step 2: Gather Application Materials

  • Unofficial transcripts from previous institutions (in English)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international student applicants whose first language is not English)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose (2 page maximum) describing career goals, motivations, potential areas of interest, and contact with Departmental faculty (if any)
  • Credit card for application fee
  • Contact information for three references that will submit letters of recommendation

 

Step 3: Submit Online Application and Pay Fee

  • Begin Application
  • Pay nonrefundable application fee (The Department is not able to waive this fee) 
  • Upload required documents

NOTE: Your University of Utah application will not be considered complete until the online application is submitted and the University has received test scores, letters of reference, and the application fee.

 

Step 4: Check Application Status

  • Review what materials have been received by logging back into the application with your PIN and password
  • If an item is not listed on the application home screen, then it has not been uploaded or received yet. (Please check often for letters of recommendation.)

 

Step 5: Acceptance Notification

  • Once the Admissions Office has deemed the application complete, it will forward the application to the Department. Please allow 2 months for Admissions Office processing.
  • Once the Department receives your completed application from the Admissions Office, we will begin the review process. Review will take 1-2 months.
  • Once the review is finished, your application status online will read: “Fully Reviewed.”
  • The Department will notify you of its admission decision informally via email. A formal letter will follow.

If the Department admits you:

    • The Department will send paperwork to the Admissions Office to declare the decision.
    • The Admissions Office will verify that you meet admissions standards.
    • If you do, they will send you an official acceptance letter via postal mail.
    • ONLY at this point should you send official transcripts to the University Admissions Office at:
The University of Utah
Admissions Office
201 S 1460 E, Rm. 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057

If you have any questions regarding the application process outlined above, please e-mail atmos-info@lists.utah.edu.

The University of Utah is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer; it encourages applications from women and minorities and provides reasonable accom­modation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.

Last Updated: 11/21/16