The PhD in Earth & Environment emphasizes original research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Research topics supported by the department reflect our faculty’s diverse research interests. Our faculty are engaged in research sponsored by agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the World Bank, and the United Nations. All applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members directly to discuss potential research opportunities and available positions.

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How to apply

The online application process is administered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS). Please do not submit any application materials to the Department.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Matt DiCintio, Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Earth & Environment, or contact the Graduate School. The Graduate School does not offer Spring admission.

Application Requirements

First, you will need to fill out application administered by GRS, where you will upload your personal statement. We also require official copies of your GRE scores (all students) and TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students). Please note that TOEFL/IELTS scores must meet the minimum required scores posted here by the Graduate Admissions Office. The institution code for GRS is 3087. You do not need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS if you are an international student and you graduated from a college or university in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom or New Zealand. We require three letters of recommendation, preferably letters commenting on academic ability from former professors or instructors, and all official transcripts from any universities or colleges you have previously attended. Transcripts and any letters of recommendation sent in hard copy should be in sealed and signed envelopes. Also, a writing sample is not required but applicants who wish to submit one may do so. All application materials must be submitted via the online application. Please do not submit any application materials directly to the Department.

Application Materials:

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (all institutions of higher education you have attended)
  • Test scores (GREs for every applicant, TOEFL scores for international students)

For more information on admissions procedures for international students, please visit the GRS website for International Students.

Fee Waiver

Click  for information on how to obtain an application fee waiver (available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Deadline for Fall 2021 admission:

  • December 19
  • Applications will be available September 1.