Graduate Degrees

Students interested in pursuing graduate work should contact the appropriate graduate program coordinator associated with the degree program, as well as faculty members whose research you find interesting. Being proactive to identify a faculty member who has parallel research interests is an important first step in finding a suitable research program for any potential graduate student.

Master of Science (M.S.) in GeosciencesMaster of Science (M.S.) in GeophysicsMaster of Science (M.S.) in Hydrologic Sciences
Master of Earth Science (M.E.Sci.)Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeosciencesDoctorate (Ph.D.) in Geophysics

General Information

Students interested in applying to one of our graduate degree programs should review the information below.

Department Admissions

In addition to the minimum requirements set by the graduate college, the Department of Geosciences has admission requirements related to our graduate programs.


Not all departments on campus have the same admission timeline. Information regarding admission deadlines for the Department of Geosciences can be found here. In addition, we encourage all active graduate students to add the Graduate College Deadline and Events calendar to their own personal calendars so they do not miss important deadlines.

Financial Aid

Students often ask about financial aid/assistance for graduate degrees in the Geosciences. Students can find more information about what the Department of Geosciences offer here.

Graduate Teaching and Research Fellowships

Graduate fellowships including tuition and fee waivers are funded from three sources: appropriated state funds, endowments, and research grants and contracts. Information on graduate fellowships funded by research grants and contracts may be obtained from individual faculty, or from the coordinator of the doctoral program in geosciences.

Graduate Program Committee

The Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Geosciences consists of the graduate program coordinators for geophysics, geology, and earth science education, plus the chair of the Department. The duties of the Graduate Program Committee are defined by the Department and are consistent with policies set by the University. These duties include development of recommendations for admission of prospective graduate students, decisions on transfer credits and required background courses, decisions on the award of departmental graduate fellowships and assistantships, and appointment of Supervisory Committees for graduate students.

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee is charged with general guidance of the doctoral student, including design and approval of the program of study, administration of the comprehensive examination, supervision of the dissertation research, and participation in the dissertation defense. The Supervisory Committee consists of a principal advisor who acts as chair, one member from the student ‘ s chosen area of emphasis outside of geophysics (see Credit Requirements below), and at least two additional members, all of whom must be members of the University regular or research faculty and must also be members of the Graduate Faculty. One or more additional members may be appointed when such appointments enhance the function of the Committee. In all cases, regular or research faculty members of the Department of Geosciences must constitute a majority of the Supervisory Committee.

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