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Understanding graduate requirements is the responsibility of the student. The Department of Geosciences Academic Performance policies are more rigorous than the MSU Graduate School policies.  Make sure you are aware of important policies, deadlines, opportunities, etc. Use the following information to stay informed.

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Academic Performance 

Graduate students with more than two grades of C or a grade of D, F, or U will be dismissed from the program/University. A GPA below 3.0 will result in either probation or dismissal. A student in the Broadcast Meteorology concentration who earns a C in the first year of graduate study will be required to take a proficiency exam in the summer before the second year. Unsatisfactory performance on the exam will result in dismissal from the program.

Departmental Graduate Scholarships

The Department of Geosciences awards four scholarships annually to qualified graduate students. 

  • The George W. Bishop Endowed Scholarship in Geology is awarded to a undergraduate or graduate Geosciences major on the basis of the following criteria: (1) Must be a full-time student; (2) must be a Geology student; and (3) incoming Freshmen are eligible with an ACT score of 30.
  • The Sistrunk Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate geology major on the basis of the following criteria: (1) Must be a full-time student; (2) Must maintain a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale; (3) Must demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • The Geosciences Endowed Scholarship is awarded on the basis of the following criteria: (1) Must be a full-time Geosciences graduate student; (2) Must incorporate the State of Mississippi into his/her thesis or dissertation research; (3) must use data physically collected in the state and not from a database.

Departmental Undergraduate Scholarships