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Our flexible degree programs provide excellent opportunities for graduate students in a wide array of scientifically exciting and socially relevant fields. From coursework to field experience to research, our M.S. and Ph.D. programs will challenge you and your peers to learn, grow, and excel.

Graduate Degree Programs Overview

The Department of Geosciences offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs that provide students with a broad background in any of the major areas of geosciences and intensive research experience.

The goal of our programs is to prepare students for scientific careers in academia, government, or industry. Students are encouraged to publish in the peer-reviewed literature as part of their dissertation research. Many students choose to have two faculty as research advisors.

Currently about a third of our students are in the M.S. program and two thirds are in the Ph.D. program.

Degree Programs

Degree Time Expectations

Students entering with B.S. or B.A. degrees may choose, with faculty approval, to bypass the M.S. degree and work directly for the Ph.D.

The M.S. degree typically requires two years of work and the Ph.D. (without an M.S.) about four years. 

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