Earth Science: PhD

The Department of Earth Sciences offers programs of graduate study leading to master of science (MS), master of arts (MA), and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees with opportunity for research in a wide variety of specialty fields.

Course work is designed to meet individual needs. Students may pursue independent research in:

  • Geobiology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geodesy
  • Geomechanics
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Ice physics
  • Coastal oceanography
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Volcanology
  • Paleontology
  • Seismology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentary petrology
  • Structural geology
  • Soil geochemistry
  • Planetary science
  • Ore deposit geology

The master's degree program requires two years or more for completion.

Admission to the graduate program is very competitive and based on academic records and letters of recommendation.

Applications are welcome from students who are interested in using their background in related fields, such as physics, chemistry, and biology, to solve geologic or geophysical problems.

Graduate students are advised by a guidance committee consisting of three faculty members. This committee meets with each student shortly after they arrive on campus and as often thereafter as necessary for planning purposes.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - December 22