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Prospective Students

As a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences you will work alongside multidisciplinary faculty researchers who are pioneering ideas that will benefit the Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. A graduate degree in Geosciences from Penn State provides broad training and exposure to fundamental technical skills required for tackling some of society’s greatest challenges. Recruiting and supporting a diverse and inclusive graduate student community is one of the highest priorities of our department. Our students come from all over the United States and from across the world and have undergraduate degrees in geosciences and other STEM fields including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics.


Top-Ranked Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs rank among the nation’s best. The U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our graduate programs in the top ten: Geochemistry 3rd, Earth Sciences 3rd; Geology 3rd; Earth Sciences 6th;  Paleontology 7th; and Geophysics and Seismology 9th.

World-renowned Faculty

When you join the Department of Geosciences at Penn State as a graduate student, you will be studying and conducting research with world-renowned faculty. Our faculty regularly are named to major scientific academies, are awarded grants from major sponsors, and are published in high-impact journals and the top-tier publications in their disciplines.

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Many Opportunities for Study

Students in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State have the opportunity to tailor their graduate experiences to meet their personal academic and career goals.