Graduate Students | Prospective Graduate Students

2 graduate students dumping out boots after hiking in the Grand CanyonThank you for your interest in our Geosciences program!


The Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona offers both a two-year M.S. and a four-year Ph.D. program. Both programs are research based and have course work requirements, as well as a final requirement of an M.S. thesis or a Ph.D. dissertation.

All students who apply are considered for financial support (in the form of teaching/research assistantships, or fellowships). Almost all students admitted to our degree programs are offered financial support; M.S. students are funded for two years, and Ph.D. students are funded for four years. Details of our M.S. and Ph.D. program requirements can be found on our current graduate students page.

In addition to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, we also have an Economic Geology Professional Science Masters (PSM). This is a one-year degree designed to provide geologists with the technical and leadership skills required by mineral industries around the globe. Candidates are usually young professionals who have a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences and a job in the minerals industry. This is an unfunded degree program, and successful applicants are expected to have outside sources of support.

Research and Field Areas

Our students and faculty are working in field areas around the world. Find out more about our faculty and their research. Be sure to look at our photo gallery.

Courses and Policies

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Application Information


Applications for Fall 2018 will be due January 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Admissions FAQ

Please read our frequently-asked-questions page.


Application will consist of your biographical information, your Personal Statement, unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation (submitted electronically by your recommenders), your resume or CV, your GRE scores (not required for PSM applicants) and your TOEFL or IELTS score if your education was not conducted in English.



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For more information about the graduate program contact:

Graduate Admissions
Gould-Simpson Rm. 210
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0077

Phone: (520) 621-6004

For questions or concerns about our graduate academic program, you may also contact Professor Susan Beck, Chair, Graduate Policy Committee: