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Application for Admission to the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science (Ph.D. and M.S.)

Getting Started

All applicants should review undergraduate preparation requirements and recommendations for a competitive application. In addition to satisfactory scores (as judged by the graduate program) on the appropriate tests, the general requirement for admission is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA average. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact the Graduate Program Director for the program you are interested in.

When submitting an application, prospective students must indicate the program(s) of interest. The online application will allow you to submit one application to multiple Rosenstiel School graduate programs (PhD, MPS, MS) with no additional application fee. Applying for more than one program will not affect your eligibility for any program.

The online application will ask you to identify up to 5 faculty with whom you would be interested in meeting if you are offered the opportunity to interview. We encourage you to review faculty associated with various research areas and the list of available research assistantships. Please note your application will be considered regardless of your selection. Applicants are welcome to contact faculty via email before and during the application process, but this is not required.

Dates and Deadlines

For best chances of fall admission into one of our PhD or research-based Masters of Science programs, your complete application including all supporting documents must be received in the application period of September 1 - January 4. However, complete applications received by December 1 will have the highest chance of being invited to our on-site annual recruitment weekend visit in early February.

Application Requirements

Online Application Form and Upload Supporting Documents.

Please use the online application which can be found at

  • The application will ask you to identify up to 5 faculty with whom you are interested in. See above statement for more details on this.
  • Upload PDF of Statement of Purpose identifying your goals and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree. If you have already identified Rosenstiel School faculty you are interested in, please be sure to include this information here as well.
  • Upload PDF of unofficial transcripts.  See below statement on transcripts for more details on this.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons well situated to evaluate your qualifications for graduate study. The online application will ask you to enter your recommender's email addresses for the Rosenstiel School recommendation letter form to be sent to them.
  • Non-refundable application fee ($85).

Official transcripts of all college and graduate level work are required.

US Applicants:

Attach unofficial transcripts (pdf format only) of all prior institutions attended for application review purposes. Unofficial transcripts uploaded within the application may be used to initiate the review of your application. However, if admitted, it is your responsibility to submit all official transcripts by July 1st. Transcripts forwarded by you (even if they are in a sealed envelope), issued to you, or those that list you as the "recipient" are NOT considered official and will not be accepted. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School, Graduate Studies Office (address below). For any institution allowing electronic transfer of the official transcript, please use as the delivery address.

International Applicants:

Attach unofficial transcripts (pdf format only) of all prior institutions attended for application review purposes. Unofficial transcripts uploaded within the application may be used to initiate the review of your application. However, if admitted, it is your responsibility to submit the course by course evaluation with GPA (as instructed below) before the I-20 process can be initiated.

Documents Required: 
Submit the following educational documents to an approved international credentialing evaluation service for evaluation:

  • Official original diplomas and certificates in the original language
  • Official original transcripts in the original language (names of courses, grades, and hours of instruction) for every year of study.
  • NOTE: Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by professional, certified English translations. Translations supplement, but do not replace the official documents.

Type of Evaluation Required

  • The Rosenstiel School requires international applicants to complete a course-by-course evaluation with GPA.

Where to Submit Documents for Evaluation

  • Josef Silney & Associates (JS&A), Inc, International Education Consultants, is the preferred evaluation vendor for international applicants to the University of Miami due to their competitive prices and high-quality service. Click here for more information including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.
  • Please note that international applicants are not required to use the services of JS&A. The international credential evaluation services of any approved vendor may be used. Click here to view a list of approved vendors.
  • You may also want to look at other options such as World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators (
  • Please be sure the vendor sends your evaluation directly to
  • Evaluation Fee - Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee.
  • Please note that failure to comply with these instructions may cause significant delays in the review and processing of your application, and therefore also significant delays in the processing of your I-20.

Official GRE score report.

  • The GRE score is not required for admission. You may optionally submit your GRE score, but not all programs will consider this information. In some of our programs, individual faculty members may consider available GRE scores as part of a holistic evaluation of the candidates. To submit an official score report, please use institution code 7690 (there is no department code).

Official TOEFL or IELTS score report (international applicants only).

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official results of the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL): using institution code 2919 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) using institution code 4862. There is no department code for either score submission.
  • An exception to this rule is an international student who will have earned a US degree prior to enrollment at the Rosenstiel School. 
  • A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 80 (iBT), or 6.5 for the IELTS is required for admission.
  • Ph.D. applicants with a prior Master's degree.
    Students applying to the Ph.D. program with a prior Master’s degree must include with their application an abstract of the thesis or reprints or manuscripts of scientific work. Applicants can email this to

  • Financial Documents
    Applicants who have already secured an external fellowship, scholarship, sponsorship or other funding to finance the degree should email financial documents directly to

Mailing Address:

Graduate Studies Office S/A 130
Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

Telephone: 305.421.4155
Facsimile: 305.421.4771