Requires the equivalent of the Bachelors degree with a major in geosciences or allied discipline.
All students who apply are considered for financial support (in the form of teaching/research assistantships, or fellowships). Almost all students admitted to our degree programs are offered financial support; M.S. students are funded for two years, and Ph.D. students are funded for four years.
Available fields for PhD research are biogeochemistry; climate dynamics; dendrochronology, geoarchaeology; geochemistry; geochronology; geomorphology; geophysics; mineral resources; mineralogy; paleolimnology; palynology; paleontology; petrology; sedimentology and stratigraphy; structure; and tectonics.
The Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, focuses on research and education in the nature, genesis, and history of the Earth and its crust, and the evolution of the environment and biota at the Earth's surface.
Our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are active in biogeochemistry; climate dynamics; geoarchaeology; geochemistry; geochronology; geomorphology; geophysics; mineral resources; mineralogy; paleolimnology; palynology; paleontology; petrology; sedimentology and stratigraphy; structure; and tectonics.
We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs.
US National Research Council Rankings - We are one of nine programs, and one of only four in public institutions, to rank in the top 10 in both "survey" and "regression" rankings.
2014 US News and World Report Rankings Earth Sciences overall No. 7, Geology No. 3, Geophysics and Seismology, No. 8
TOEFL 550 / 79
GRE General Test
Required test(s): GRE
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Minimum TOEFL: 0
Teaching and Research Assistantships,
No spring admissions
0503, 0504, 0505, 0506
Minumum credits: 30 units of course work, 15 minimum graded and 2-6 units from GEOS 909 or 910
Core coursework: no set curriculum
Language requirements: no second language requirement
Other requirements: Please refer to Geosciences MS Graduate Handbook for Satisfactory Academic Progress Guideline, MS committee requirement, MS public presentation of research requirement, and MS Thesis or Prepublication article requirement.
No MS minor.