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Earth Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
University rank #45 (BCR) Columbus, OH, United States
The graduate degree program in the School of Earth Sciences provides students the opportunity to develop advanced professional training in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and Geodetic Science.
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Overview

We are concerned with the responsible utilization of natural resources, issues of sustainability, as well as the mitigation of natural and manmade hazards and global change. We read Earth’s recent and ancient history in its rocks, fossils, landscapes, and its gravity. We probe and characterize the Earth system using satellites, in situ and laboratory measurements, physical theories, and numerical models. We conduct field work worldwide from Antarctica to the Arctic and from coral reefs to mountain peaks.

Our scientific activities and interests span an enormous range of temporal and spatial scales. We create and disseminate knowledge about our planet, develop new techniques to explore and understand it, and share this knowledge and our technical skills with our colleagues, our students, and society.

Mission Statement
  • To advance our understanding of Earth as a dynamic and complex system, its past and present evolution, and its resources and vulnerabilities
  • To assess human impact on the Earth system, and the implications of global change for the biosphere, society, and regional and global economies.
  • To educate the next generation of scientists, researchers, teachers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and environmental professionals.
  • To promote a better informed populace within the state of Ohio, our nation, and worldwide.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a student in the School of Earth Sciences, you will:

  • Investigate the history of our planet, its material structure and resources, and the processes that have driven its evolution and continue to shape our environments.
  • Study the Earth’s interior and surface, its oceans, freshwaters and glaciers, its atmosphere and outer space, and their interactions with each other and with the biosphere.
  • Learn responsible use of natural resources, issues of sustainability, and the mitigation of natural and manmade hazards and global change.
  • Read Earth’s recent and ancient history in its rocks, fossils, landscapes and gravity.
  • Probe and characterize the Earth system using satellites, in situ and laboratory measurements, physical theories, and numerical models. 
  • Have access to several laboratory facilities, data archives and a variety of instrumental equipment.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    8

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

Submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38181 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38181 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    34929 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34929 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    12425 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12425 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Columbus

  • 940 - 1520 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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