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Grad School / Program:

  • Geological Sciences

  • Contact:
  • 206 Natural Science Building
    Department of Geological Sciences
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-355-4626



  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus
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  • Description:
  • The Department of Geological Sciences offers several graduate degrees: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Geosciences, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences. We also offer dual major degrees in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences and in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior.

    Research in the Department of Geological Sciences is focused around four areas: 1) Surficial Processes and the Environment, 2) Ancient Life Systems, 3) Geodynamics and Tectonics, and 4) Geocognition and Geoscience Education.

    As a student in our graduate program you will develop skills to address problems facing the modern environment and problems related to understanding the Earth's past and future. The Department's graduate programs emphasize the study of the biological, chemical, and physical processes of the Earth and the application of knowledge about these processes to solve applied and basic problems.

  • Financial Aids:
  • Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards

    Most of our students are fully supported through research and teaching assistantships, which include a monthly stipend, a full waiver for tuition, and health benefits.

    University Fellowships:
    Early applicants (Mid-December or before) may qualify for one of three prestigious MSU fellowships:

    - University Distinguished Fellowships: full support for 5 years ($24,000, plus health insurance and tuition waiver)
    - Environmental Science and Policy Program - Doctoral Recruiting Fellowships: full support in year 1 and 2 ($30,000), followed by Department support for 2 years
    - College of Natural Science Fellowships: full support in 1st year ($24,000, plus health insurance and tuition waiver), followed by Department support for 1 or 3 years (MSc or PhD students, respectively) If you would like to be considered for one of these competitive fellowships, make sure to mention this in the cover letter of your application.

    Department Research Assistantships:
    These are available through externally funded projects to individual faculty advisors. Contact potential advisors directly for more information.

    Department Teaching Assistantships:
    The department has several TA positions available, which are made available to the best Graduate School applicants.

    Department Awards and Fellowships:
    The department offers supplementary scholarships and awards (for fieldwork and conference travel) to outstanding graduate students:

    - Lucile Drake Pringle and Gordon H. Pringle Endowed Fellowship ($12,000)
    - Chevron Scholarships ($5,000)
    - J.T. Wilband Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)
    - Wayne B. and Marian R. Henderson Scholarship ($2,770)
    - B.T. Sandefur Memorial Scholarship ($700)
    - Warren and Anneliese Wood Fellowship
    - Dr. Aureal T. Cross Endowed Graduate Fellowship
    - Thomas A. Vogel Endowed Fund in Geology of the Solid Earth

    Excellence in Teaching Award ($300)
    Excellence in Masters Research Award ($350)

  • Grad Program Website:
  • http://www.geology.msu.edu/

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