Top Geosciences Doctoral Programs

Caltech was ranked 1st in the nation for its geosciences doctoral programs, with MIT in second position and Berkeley in third position, according to the 1995 National Research Council report. MIT’s Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department (EAPS) offers degrees in the following areas of concentration:
  • Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
  • Program in Geology, Geochemistry and Geobiology
  • Program in Geophysics
  • Program in Planetary Science
  • MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography
Berkeley's Department of Earth and Planetary Science (http://eps.berkeley.edu/education/graduate.php) offers M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Planetary Science. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must pass the oral qualifying examination by the end of the second year and complete a thesis to the satisfaction of the appointed thesis committee.

Ranking of Top Geosciences Doctoral Programs in the US:
1 Cal Tech
2 MIT
3 UC Berkeley
4 Columbia
5 Stanford
6 UC San Diego
7 Chicago
8 Harvard
9 Cornell
10 UCLA
11 Penn State
12 Brown
13 Princeton
14 Texas
15 Johns Hopkins
16 Michigan
17 Arizona
18 UC Santa Barbara
19 Northwestern
20 Wisconsin
21 Washington
22 UC Santa Cruz
23 Rice
24 Arizona State
25 VPI
26 Southern Cal
27 SUNY Stony Brook
28 Hawaii Manoa
29 Minnesota
30 Washington (St. Louis)
31 Cal Davis
32 Illinois
33 Oregon
34 Texas A&M
35 Colorado
36 Colorado School of Mines
37 Wyoming
38 Purdue
39 Dartmouth College
40 RPI
41 Duke
42 Utah
43 Ohio State
44 Indiana
45 Massachusetts
46 Miami
47 LSU
48 Kansas
49 Oklahoma
50 North Carolina
51 Southern Methodist
52 South Carolina
53 New Mexico Mining & Tech
54 Saint Louis
55 Oregon State
56 Lehigh
57 Cal Riverside
58 Tennessee
59 Nevada Reno
60 Colorado State
61 Houston
62 Alaska
63 Florida State
64 Texas Dallas
65 Iowa
66 Florida
67 Cincinnati
68 SUNY Binghamton
69 Syracuse
70 SUNY Albany
71 Rochester
72 Pittsburgh
73 Georgia Tech
74 Georgia
75 Penn
76 Case Western
77 CUNY
78 Michigan State
79 Kentucky
80 SUNY Buffalo
81 Texas El Paso
82 Michigan Tech
83 Washington State
84 Iowa State
85 Northern Illinois
86 Texas Tech
87 Alabama
88 Nebraska
89 South Dakota Mines
90 Kent State
91 Idaho
92 Wisconsin Milwaukee
93 West Virginia
94 Missouri Rolla
95 George Washington

Source: National Council Research Report

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