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Prospective Students

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is a leader in many facets of earth, energy, and materials sciences and engineering and as a graduate student in our college you will work alongside multidisciplinary faculty researchers who are pioneering ideas that will benefit the Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. You will have the opportunity to partner with researchers that are using cutting edge technologies, including 3D printing and computational systems, to address some of the most challenging problems facing society today.


Top-Ranked Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs rank among the nation’s best. The 2017 U.S. News & World Report rated our Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program 5th and the Materials Engineering program 13th. In the last available rankings, earth sciences ranked No. 6 overall, with the subfields of environmental sciences ranked No. 2, geochemistry No. 2 and geology No. 1.

World-renowned Faculty

When you join the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences 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

In the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, students have the opportunity to tailor their graduate experiences to meet their personal academic and career goals. Through our 21 graduate programs, you are sure to find a doctoral degree, master's degree, or certificate that matches your interests. Many of our programs are available online allowing students to earn a Penn State degree from anywhere in the world.