PhD Graduate Program
PhD in Earth Sciences
It is not a requirement for students entering our PhD program to have a Masters degree.
PhD Degree Requirements
Doctoral Degree Completion Policy: https://policy.umn.edu/education/doctoralcompletion
- All students must complete ESCI 8001 (Introductory Graduate Seminar) in their first year.
- Transfer credits for PhD students entering with a Master's degree: students are required by the University to complete at least 60 percent of the coursework for their official degree programs (excluding thesis credits) as registered University of Minnesota Graduate Students. With the approval of the advisor, the director of graduate studies, and the Graduate Education Office, the transfer of up to 40 percent of the degree program coursework can be transferred. For more information, please refer to the Graduate School catalog.
When are applications due?
The application deadline is DECEMBER 15 for admission for the fall semester of the following year. A complete application must be submitted by 11:59pm Central time for consideration. An application is considered complete if it includes everything on the application checklist on our Admissions page.
What if I don't know what I want to study?
It is a requirement for admission that a faculty member agrees to be your advisor. So, before you begin the application process, please review review the research areas and faculty members in the department, then contact the faculty member(s) directly with whom you wish to work.