Geography & Environmental Studies

MSC 01 1110
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Bandelier West & East

Phone: (505)277-5041
Fax: (505)277-3614



Students are encouraged to start the program in the Fall semester. Upcoming deadlines are as follows:

• The application deadline to be considered for Fall admissions is February 1st.

Application Requirements

UNM’s online application will allow you to upload all your necessary documents for application to our program. Within the application, make sure to click Application instructions to see program specific requirements.

You will need to provide:

1. Official transcripts of all academic institutions attended.
2. GRE scores – required for all students, including those with a degree from UNM.
3. Three letters of recommendation.
4. Letter of intent, explaining your background, your interest in the program, research areas you would like to work on, and your future plans (typically 2 to 3 pages in length).  The letter of intent should also indicate whether you are seeking a graduate assistantship or any other form of financial assistance, as well as your qualifications relevant to serving as either a Teaching Assistant or a Research Assistant.
5. Current resume, documenting your academic and professional accomplishments.
6. Applicants for whom English is not a native language will need to provide current TOEFL scores.


GPA and GRE Scores

The Department does not have minimum requirements for GPA or GRE scores. However, most applicants we accept have a minimum GPA score of 3.5 and minimum GRE scores of 153 for verbal and 144 for quantitative. Lower scores do not necessarily prevent you from getting accepted and higher scores do not necessarily mean you will get accepted. Scores are important but we look at the entire application when making our decisions.

If you have further questions, please email to .  If you have questions about the university admissions process, please visit the UNM Office of Admissions