The recent name change of our Graduate Program to Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) reflects a renewed and expanded planetary component, in addition to our traditional strengths in fundamental geological sciences.  Our graduate program 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.

Program Description

iancerronegroStudents admitted to the EPS 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 Graduate Program provides a wide array of potential areas of study. We offer a broad range of research projects with a diverse and talented faculty. Graduate student research projects can take full advantage of the region's diverse geology as well as be part of numerous ongoing research projects worldwide. Shared faculty, research, and facilities with Rutgers' Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, and the Rutgers Energy Institute offer additional means of study and research possibilities, along with ties to the Departments of Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. Facilities at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Princeton, and the American Museum of Natural History, are a few of the many nearby northeast research resources. In addition to course work at Rutgers, students can take advantage of listings at nearby Princeton and LDEO/Columbia universities.

Please visit Our graduate program's catalog

Learning goals and assessment criteria for the Ph.D. program are posted here.

Learning goals and assessment criteria for the Masters program are posted here.