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Graduate Students

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences awards PhD and MS degrees.

The Department welcomes applications to its graduate program from students with a keen interest in advancing knowledge in the Earth Sciences. The goal of our graduate program is to provide students with the critical and analytical skills and technical expertise to conduct independent and creative research. While many of our students will find successful careers in the Earth sciences, our mission is to develop broad-minded individuals with a sense of purpose, who can be leaders in any career of their choice.

For University of Michigan undergraduate students who are currently pursuing an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, we offer a fifth-year MS program.


Research Mission

The research mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan is to understand the origin, evolution and future of the Earth.  This includes how it formed as a planet, how it progressed to its present state, how life originated and evolved on Earth, how the solid earth, oceans, atmosphere and biosphere interact, and how the Earth’s climate and environment have changed in the past and will continue to change as a result of natural processes and human activities.  The Department uses experimental, observational and modeling approaches that integrate physics, chemistry, biology and geology. Read more about our program and our areas of expertise by clicking on the link below.

Research Mission and Areas (PDF)


Research Groups

The Department has a world-class research program that includes geomicrobiology and paleontology, geophysics and tectonics, geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, environmental science, glaciology, hydrogeology, climate and paleoclimte research, sedimentology and stratigraphy, and oceanography. Projects are ongoing on all seven continents and the world’s oceans.