Information for Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of the Geophysical Sciences provides a vibrant venue in which to pursue graduate research in several broad subject areas that span the study of the Earth, its life, and its cosmic environment.

Students in our PhD program design independent research along with a team of faculty advisors. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their fields and to pursue successful careers at major universities, colleges, research institutes, and museums, and in business.

Many students in our program interact with faculty and researchers in other units at the University of Chicago, including the Department of Physics, the Department of Chemistry, the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, and the Energy Policy Institute.  Other Chicago-area institutions that contribute extensively to graduate training in Geophysical Sciences include Argonne National Laboratory and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Graduate students receive full financial support in the form of Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and a variety of fellowships. Assistantships include payment of tuition, health insurance, and a salary. Please read the section on Tuition and Financial Aid for more information. 

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