Students must take the general Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, analytical); subject tests are not required. International students who have not previously received a degree in the U.S. and for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL examination. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all previous college-level work, two letters of recommendation, official test results from the GRE and TOEFL (if required) exams, a personal statement of your research interests, a completed application form, and the application fee to the Graduate School.  Fill out this information form to receive more information about graduate studies in Geology, or go to the Graduate School application website to apply for graduate studies at Binghamton University.


Costs and Financial Aid:

Compared to other areas of the country, costs of living in the Binghamton area are quite low. Most of our graduate students live off-campus, where inexpensive housing is readily available. A free bus service that covers the Binghamton Metropolitan area is available to all registered students.

Most eligible graduate students are currently supported on teaching or research assistantships. MS students in good academic standing are eligible for up to two years of support; PhD students in good academic standing are eligible for up to four or five years of support. Doctoral teaching assistantships have a stipend of $15,500, a full tuition scholarship and health insurance. For information on graduate tuition and fees, check the Graduate School website. Summer support is also available for students involved in externally funded research. Applications for the Fall semester received by February 15 are automatically considered for financial support. Late applications are considered for admission and for financial support if funds are available. Applications for the Spring semester received by October 1 are considered for financial support if funds are available.

In addition to teaching and research assistantships, new graduate students in Geological Sciences may ask to be considered for the Clark Fellowships for Underrepresented Minorities - Funded by SUNY, these fellowships for new graduate students are selected through a Binghamton University-wide competition. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must be either Native American, African American, or Hispanic American. Stipends are comparable to departmental research or teaching assistantships. All fellowships carry full tuition waivers.

Students may also apply for external grants or fellowships to support their graduate educational costs. Among possible opportunities are:

  • The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation Grants in Aid Program - for geoscience graduate students whose research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or related environmental geology issues. Grants range from $500 to $2000, and are applied to expenses related to the student's thesis work such as fieldwork, lab analyses, etc. As part of AAPG's Eastern Section, geoscience graduate students at SUNY are qualified to apply for the Richard W. Beardsley Named Grant. The Beardsley Grant is restricted to a student studying petroleum geology in the AAPG Eastern Section or studying the petroleum geology of the Eastern Section region. All applicants who qualify will be applying for the unrestricted grants totaling over $130,200.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships - These are highly competitive grants which fund 3 years of graduate education at a stipend level of $30,000 per year, with additional funds for research support and international travel. Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college, prior to or during the first year of graduate school, and at the beginning of the second year of graduate school.  Additional information can be found at

Last Updated: 3/11/16