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Program Overview

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science offers two graduate degrees: a two-year M.S. degree in Geology and a NEW Ph.D. in Geosciences. The application deadline for fall admission for both degrees is Feb. 1. Both the masters and PhD students should contact the advisor in their area of interest before applying; several specialties are currently recruiting PhD students. All specialties are open to masters students


The graduate program includes: graduate courses in geology and geosciences, weekly graduate seminars, qualifying exams, and research leading to a master's or Ph.D. thesis. Graduates of the masters program have been very successful in securing positions in industry and government as well as being accepted into doctoral programs. The Ph.D. program is new, but we anticipate students obtaining positions in academia, government, and non-governmental service organizations.


Our new Ph.D. program will focus on basic understanding of the geological processes and cycles which affect human well-being and how the increasing human population and technology alter those processes and their effects. The program will build on our current research areas and focus on new and emerging areas of geosciences. The degree name, geosciences, reflects the increasing interdisciplinary interactions in the field, and we encourage students from a variety of science majors who are qualified to take graduate coursework in geosciences to consider the program.


Students must complete the required coursework (7 courses for the masters and 8 courses for the Ph.D. if not admitted with a masters degree, 4 courses with transfer of masters coursework) from the selection in the graduate program, pass a written and oral qualifying examination, and submit an acceptable thesis including an oral final presentation of that thesis.



Degree Programs


Applicants for the masters must hold the B.A. or B.S. degree, with a major in geology or any other related program in science or mathematics, including one year of college-level chemistry, calculus, and physics or biology. For the Ph.D., a masters degree is expected, but relevant research experience will be considered as a substitute, subject to admission committee review. Applicants must also submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical tests), transcripts from all colleges previously attended, and a statement of professional plans and goals. TOEFLS are needed for non-US citizens. At least two letters of recommendation are also required, and these must be submitted from persons in a position to evaluate past performance and the ability to do graduate work. Applicants may arrange an interview, although this is not required. Contacting a professor in your area of interest is essential for the Ph.D. program.


The department offers a number of teaching and research assistantships, each of which carries a stipend and remission of tuition. All applicants are considered for aid.

Direct inquiries to the Graduate Chair:

Dr. Dennis Terry, (215) 204-8226, 321 Beury Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122.