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An applicant for admission to the Teachers in Geosciences (TIG) program must hold a bachelor's degree from a fully recognized four-year educational institution that has unconditional accreditation with appropriate regional accrediting agencies.

Admission is based primarily on past performance and letters of recommendation. Regular admission to graduate study in the Master of Geosciences program requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Please note that the GRE is not required for admission into this program.

Follow the guide below to ensure that you complete all that is necessary for taking courses in the Teachers in Geosciences (TIG) program at Mississippi State University.

  • Fill out the online Application for Admission. The application requires a Statement of Purpose and the names and email addresses of 3 individuals submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. A form will be provided to your recommenders for completion.
  • Submit a $60.00 or $80.00 international (non-refundable) application fee, payable online.
  • Submit one official transcript from the awarding institution of your undergraduate degree, and one official transcript from each school/university attended after earning the bachelor's degree.
  • Mississippi State University
    Office of the Graduate School

    P.O Box G
    Mississippi State, MS 39762-5507

    Official transcripts being sent electronically (eScripted) should be sent to

  • You will receive an email of acceptance when you are officially admitted to MSU.
  • Register for the Distance@State Orientation course which will prepare you for online learning at MSU
  • Textbooks are available 2 to 3 weeks prior to classes beginning and can be ordered through Barnes & Noble at MSU.
  • You will be able to access Canvas on the first day of the semester. To access your courses, enter your NetID and NetPassword and click the Classroom tab.

Transfer Credit Requirements

The Department of Geosciences does not accept prior credit for any of the Teacher in Geosciences Program (TIG) courses. Due to the nature of this program (science content PLUS educational applications), course work taken from other schools will not be accepted in lieu of any of the courses offered in this program. However, course substitution is allowed using the Advanced "+30 courses" when an individual is already proficient in a specific geoscience discipline.

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