Application Process for M.S. or Ph.D. Programs

Although there is not an official application deadline, applicants for fall semester admissions are encouraged to submit all material by January 1 to be considered for the full range of available assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships. Admissions and funding decisions are typically made in March.

The majority of new M.S. and Ph.D. students begin the degree program during the fall semester, however, we routinely admit students to begin in the spring semester. The deadline for applications for spring semester admissions is September 1.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors in their field of interest. We evaluate your application package in its entirety, including letters of reference and personal essay (Statement of Purpose). All accepted applicants will automatically be given full consideration for financial support, including both research and teaching assistantships as well as fellowships. There is no separate application for assistantships or fellowships. Selected domestic students will be invited to visit the department during our annual recruitment weekend.

M.S. and Ph.D. Required Application Materials:

  • TAMU GraduateCAS application
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOELF or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) transcripts
  • GRE scores are no longer required for admission to the Department

Applicants will submit all materials through the TAMU GraduateCAS, including contact information for Letter of Recommendation writers and statement of purpose.

Admission Information

Oceanography Graduate Program

Texas A&M Graduate Catalog

Graduate Catalog