Graduate Admissions and Degree Requirements

  • For Admission Procedures for Admission and Financial Aid, see below.
  • Graduate Program Admission Requirements
  • Requirements for the M.S. Degree
  • Requirements for the Ph. D. Degree
  • Graduate Program Assessment

    The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM prides itself in its ability to provide a solid foundation in both field- and laboratory-based geosciences. Our emphasis is on training well-rounded students in the laboratory, classroom, and field. Financial support is available in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and Fellowships. All awards are made on a competitive basis. Our web site ( contains information about our department including faculty, research programs, ongoing research, and laboratory facilities.

    This page contains information about how to apply to our programs. Please note that admission procedures have recently changed so that a significant portion of the application must be completed online directly with the Office of Admissions. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to make sure your file is complete. Incomplete files will not be reviewed

    Admission Procedures: Applications for our graduate program can be completed on-line at the following website address  Carefully read criteria and complete the application form. These applications go directly to the Office of Admissions and are forwarded by them to the Department. We will not 'see' your information until you have made your PAYMENT on the website, and you may still modify your application until the deadline, so payment early is ENCOURAGED!

    The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences requires supplemental information with your online UNM graduate application. A completed EPS Admissions Supplement should be downloaded here: Acrobat PDF EPS Supplement Form, filled out, then uploaded to your UNM online application in the "CV" section of the application. (UpdatedDec. 2015).

    We accept applications for both Spring and Fall semesters but very rarely offer departmental (TA) funding for Spring applicants. Our application deadlines are different from the University-wide deadline. In order to be considered for admission for Fall Semester with financial aid, your complete application must be received by January 15. Complete applications for admission without financial aid will be accepted until April 1. The deadline for application materials for Spring admission is November 1. Admission to our graduate program is competitive and most offers are made in mid to late February from the applications received by January 15.

    If you have any specific questions or if we can be of further assistance in some way, please let us know; we can be reached at the address below, directly by phone at (505) 277-4204, and by e-mail (Cindy Jaramillo). One of the best ways to investigate potential research opportunities in your field of interest is to connect directly with faculty and research scientists doing work that is of interest to you. We encourage you to check out our website at; specific research areas may be found under the "Research" tab where you'll find links areas of research, lab facilities available, and planetary research in the Institute of Meteoritics. Browsing the Faculty list under the "People" tab can also be a good way to find out what opportunities are available.

    Please direct inquiries about the Department and its programs to

    • The letter of intent supplied with your online application must include:
      • why you wish to obtain a degree from E&PS at UNM
      • what field(s) of study within the earth sciences are of greatest interest to you for graduate research
      • an indication that you have contacted specific faculty member(s) who might act as your advisor (we strongly encourage this)
      • email address, and/or daytime phone number