The Graduate Program in Geological Sciences is designed to provide a challenging yet fostering educational atmosphere that encourages independent and critical thinking, the development of communicative and teaching skills, and the performance of creative and original research. Our goal is to teach students to formulate testable hypotheses, collect data to test them, and publish their results. It is the intent of the Program to educate and train competent and technically adept geoscientists for careers in research, teaching, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Interdisciplinary research/study with other physical, biological, chemical, anthropological, and engineering sciences is highly encouraged to provide the student with the broadest possible means to explore the limits of geological and geophysical knowledge.
Students admitted to the Graduate Program join an active and growing department that offers challenging instruction in an unusually diverse research environment. The Program grants both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees to full- and part-time students. Nearly all full-time graduate students are supported by fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research grants. Faculty grants and university funds provide students with additional support for study and research during school year and summer, as well as participation at regional and national conferences.
The Ph.D. degree in Geological Sciences requires 72 credits overall; a minimum of 33 course credits and a minimum of 36 research credits are required - remaining 3 credits can be either course or research credits. In addition to course work, to successfully advance to Ph.D. candidacy, the student must: 1) pass an oral/written qualifying exam(s); and 2) prepare, orally present, and defend, a written Dissertation Proposal. For completion of the Ph.D., the candidate must complete a comprehensive written dissertation, and successfully present and defend an open presentation of the dissertation.
In most cases, the student who had been admitted with a B.A. or a B.S. degree in geological sciences or related fields, with no major deficiencies, will complete his/her Ph.D. within 5 academic years. The normal maximum time allowed by the Graduate School is 7 years after the first registration (4 years beyond completion of M.S.). The student must file an application for a diploma (obtained from the Registrar) before April 1 preceding the May commencement of the proposed year of graduation.
* Personal statement, official transcripts, resume, and three letters of recommendation.
* GRE General.
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All first year PhD students are supported by departmental or university fellowships or graduate assistantships, which provide stipend, tuition remission, and sometimes student fees for the first year.After the first year, students will be supported by their advisors through fellowships and graduate assistantships.
There are also a number of multi-year fellowships available for advanced students through NSF and NIH training programs. BME also has a limited number of teaching assistantships for graduate students who demonstrate outstanding teaching skills.
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