Graduate Program

field researchers on glacierEarth science is one of the broadest and most interdisciplinary of all sciences. It involves the interaction of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and geology in the ongoing effort to explore Earth’s interior, atmosphere and oceans, and to understand the environment in which we live, the causes for global climate change, and the history of life and climate on Earth. The Graduate Program in Yale’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers students the opportunity to study and do research in a wide range of cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary areas. The department accepts applications for our Ph.D. program (note that we have no Masters program) from various fields and majors. In addition to geoscience majors, we are interested in students from various disciplines including physics, chemistry,  biology, mathematics, astronomy and engineering. Generally speaking, successful applicants have very strong academic records with respect to course grades, scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and letters of recommendation. Applicants for whom English is a second language must also have strong TOEFL scores (ideally near or above 109). 

Please click on any of the links in the above navigation bar to learn more about the graduate program. Applications can be found through the Admissions link;  a complete description of the program requirements can be found through the Handbook link. 

EPS Graduate Handbook


Available Graduate Research Programs

    Atmosphere, Oceans, Climate Dynamics

    Biogeochemistry, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimate


    Lithosphere and Surface Processes

    Paleontology, Evolution

    Solid Earth Geophysics

    Program in Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP)

Funding Opportunities

    External Funding Sources for Graduate Education

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