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Get the MESSAGe!

Please note: our Applied Geosciences Masters Degree in Earth and Space Sciences (MESSAGe) is not accepting students for the 23-24 academic year, and application to this program is closed

Admission into the program requires a Bachelors degree in Geoscience or a closely related discipline, including Field Camp (ESS 400) and at least four upper division courses spread among the following categories:

Applicants should also have completed two quarters with analytical geometry (Math 124, 125), plus a third quarter of advanced math; at least two quarters of physics (calculus-based physics preferred; Phys 121 & 122), and at least two quarters of general chemistry (Chem 142 & 152) and at least two courses with writing instruction (e.g. English Composition and ESS 418). Students with deficiencies in one or more courses may be able to make them up during the degree. Students with deficiencies in several areas or who have not completed the equivalent of a 9 credit field geology course (ESS 400) should complete these before enrolling in MESSAGe.

The application deadline is February 15.

The graduate school also requires students to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution. Students must also have at least a 3.0 (or B) GPA in the most recent 2 years of study, and prove English equivalency if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply? Our Applied Geosciences Masters Degree in Earth and Space Sciences (MESSAGe) is not accepting students for the 23-24 academic year, and application to this program is closed

  • When is the deadline? The deadline for applying is February 15th. All applications that are complete by March 1 (including letters of recommendation) will be reviewed. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

  • Can I start MESSAGe in January or March? No. MESSAGe students move through the program in a cohort. Except in exceptional circumstances, everyone begins together in September.

  • I am an ESS undergraduate and will graduate in December. Can I begin MESSAGe before I finish my bachelors degree? No. You must finish your undergraduate program before beginning MESSAGe.

  • How many students do you accept? Each MESSAGe cohort has about 12 to 15 students.

  • Do I need to submit GRE scores? GRE scores are optional for the MESSAGe program. Score reports over five years old (from the test date) are no longer valid. The institution code for the University of Washington is 4854. The department and major field codes are 0504 (Geological Sciences).

  • Do I need to submit TOEFL/TSE scores? International students must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency requirements are published by the Graduate School and can be found at Memo 8.

  • Are TA/RA positions available? Part-time positions as teaching or research assistants, graders, lab assistants, tutors, or work-study may be available in the department and across campus. These appointments will be made by application only, and are not promised as a part of the admissions offer.

  • How much is tuition? As of 2019, full-time tuition for MESSAGe is $6554 per quarter for Washington residents and $11,154 per quarter for non-residents. The standard MESSAGe program requires 5 full-time quarters, plus part-time summer (June field course) and a part-time final quarter. The September and June field courses each requires an additional fee of $500 to cover transportation, meals and lodging. For the most up-to-date tuition rates, please see: .

  • Who qualifies for in-state tuition? In brief, you must reside in Washington for 12-months prior to the start of the quarter for which you wish to claim resident tuition. There are many nuances: please refer to :

  • Can I use financial aid? Yes, this program is fully financial aid eligible.

  • Should I apply to MESSAGe or the Research Program? If you have a passion for research and your ultimate goal is a Ph.D., you should apply for the Research Program. If you enjoy practical problems and want a career outside of academia, consider MESSAGe.

  • Is this a distance-learning degree? No. You must come to UW to take MESSAGe courses. A limited number of core MESSAGe courses are offered in hybrid video/classroom format to enable scheduling flexibility for those students who work while enrolled.

Applied Geosciences Field Work

More information can be found at: MESSAGe Overview Page

MESSAGe is directed by Professor Juliet Crider.