Graduate Students


A Top-Tier Program

We are consistently ranked in the top 10 of the US National Research Council’s reputational survey-based and regression-based rankings of doctoral programs. US News and World Report ranks our graduate programs No. 5 in Geology, No. 6 in Geochemistry, No. 4 in Earth Sciences, No. 15 in Geophysics.

Geosciences Graduate Program

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona is one of the top graduate programs in the country, and we value excellence, creativity, enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and diversity. Our current graduate students include several NSF, EPA, NASA, NSAS, ARCS fellows, and PEO Scholars.

Geosciences graduate students can choose between a two-year MS and a four-year PhD program. Both programs are research-based and have course work requirements, as well as a final requirement of an MS thesis or a PhD dissertation. Geosciences graduate students and faculty work in field areas across the globe! Our department also has some of the best laboratories in the world. We have a state-of-the-art organic geochemistry lab dedicated to paleoclimate studies and active laboratories in climate modeling and physical oceanography.

Next Steps

Prospective graduate students can learn more by visiting our prospective graduate students page. For more information about the graduate program, please contact Rocina Garcia at

Current graduate students can find resources on our current graduate students page