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California State University, Long Beach
Geological Sciences

How to Apply to the Master's Program

You will need to apply both to the CSU Graduate School and the Department of Geological Sciences. The CSU application has a $55 charge. There is no fee for the Department of Geological Sciences. Please note: these applications are separate. Two sets of transcripts are needed. Send formal transcripts to the Graduate School as instructed in CSUApply. Send either formal or pdf informal transcripts to the Department of Geological Sciences with your Geology application.

Deadline: February 15 and October 1

  • Application to University Graduate School
  • Application to the department
    1. Geology Graduate Application Instructions [PDF]
    2. Geology Graduate Application Form [PDF]
    You may also contact the Graduate Advisor ( for application material.
  • Supporting documents are also needed:
    1. Three letters of recommendation to be sent to by US postal mail or email directly to the Graduate Advisor (
    2. Official transcripts of all of your college work sent to the University and unofficial transcripts to the department
    3. Official report of your score on the General test of the GRE sent to the University .
  • If you wish to be considered for the Johnson-Conrey Fellowship, please provide a written essay (approximately 1000 words) describing the how the Johnson-Conrey Fellowship would help you attain your professional goals. The essay should detail the student's projected research and professional interests as well as experiences that might indicate potential for success as a professional Geoscientist. This is a separate essay from the one written in application to the graduate program.

More information about the application process can be found at Enrollment Services or by contacting the Graduate Advisor (