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.
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin outlines the requirements for the PhD in Earth & Environment.
- 64 credits of coursework at the 500-level or above
- Professional development requirement
- Qualifying exam
- Dissertation and final oral examination
- Satisfactory Academic Progress for PhD Degree
Graduate Student Funding
The Graduate School of Arts & Science guarantees five years of full funding for PhD students. Funding is met through a combination of of research assistantships, teaching fellowships, and other internal and external graduate scholarships. Funding consists of full coverage of tuition, a living stipend, and basic health insurance.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: December 19
We must receive all of your application materials via the online application system by December 19 for full consideration for fall entry.
- Prospective students must apply online – Please visit our Graduate Admissions page for more information on how to apply.
- For information about financial aid, please visit the GRS Financial Aid webpage.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the application itself, please contact Alissa Beideck, Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Earth & Environment.