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Geophysics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #2 (QS) Stanford, CA, United States
The Ph.D. degree is conferred upon evidence of high attainment in Geophysics and ability to conduct an independent investigation and present the results of such research.
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  • The student must pass the departmental oral examination by the end of the sixth academic quarter (third academic quarter for students with an M.S. degree); must complete second project by presentation of results at a conference or through a publication; prepare under faculty supervision a dissertation that is a contribution to knowledge and the result of independent work expressed in satisfactory form; and pass the University oral examination.
  • The Ph.D. dissertation must be submitted in its final form within five calendar years from the date of admission to candidacy. Upon formal acceptance into a research group, the student and faculty adviser form an advising committee consisting of at least three members who are responsible for overseeing satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree. At least two committee members must be Geophysics faculty members. The committee conducts the department oral examination, and meets thereafter annually with the student to review degree progress. The Geophysics faculty monitors progress of all students who have not yet passed their department qualifying examination by carrying out an annual performance appraisal at a closed faculty meeting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    135 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geophysics
  • School of Earth 
  • Energy and Environmental Sciences 
  • Mathematics
  • Science, and Engineering

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • General information about Admissions and applying online.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable),
  • Academic Transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate institutions

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Stanford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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