60 months
33600 USD/year
33600 USD/year
13400 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Upon completion of the Ph.D. program in Planetary Sciences at University of Arizona you will demonstrate a broad, quantitative understanding of the fundamental processes, including physical, chemical, geological, and biological, related to planetary sciences, broadly defined. 

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Key Features

Upon completion of the Ph.D. program in Planetary Sciences , a student will:

  • Planetary sciences includes, but is not limited to, the science of the Sun, planets and their moons, other Solar System objects, and objects orbiting other stars;
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a subfield related to planetary sciences (minor);
  • demonstrate ability to design, conduct, and document an independent research project that generates results that can be published in the peer-reviewed literature;
  • effectively evaluate the scientific literature essential to the research area and articulate how the research is related to and advances the discipline;
  • effectively communicate their research to peers and colleagues (e.g. peer-reviewed literature, national or international conferences and workshops, and seminars);
  • effectively communicate their science to a broader audience, including its basic aspects to a lay person.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Planetary Physics 
  • Atmospheres and Remote Sensing 
  • Solar System Dynamics 
  • Cosmochemistry 
  • Chemistry of the Solar System 
  • Planetary Global Techtonics 
  • Evolution of Planetary Surfaces 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • University of Arizona/PTYS graduate application
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcript(s)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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