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Welcome to the Graduate Field of Geological Sciences web page! Our geological sciences graduate degree program produces first-class scientists operating on the cutting edge of geoscience research. Our former students now occupy prestigious positions in academia, industry, and government. The program is flexible and is individually tailored to each student, and takes advantage of Cornell's strength in sciences and engineering and interdisciplinary education. 

The Ph.D. program, which culminates in a dissertation, typically requires 5 years and does not require a Masters degree for admission (students entering the program with a Masters already in hand can generally complete the PhD in less than 4 years).

The Masters program, which culminates in a thesis, typically requires 2 years.

The M.Eng degree requires 1 year, 30 credit hours and a design project, but does not require a thesis.  Individual programs are developed within several established options: Geohydrology, Remote Sensing, Hazards, Applied and Environmental Geophysics, and Ocean Science and Technology.

The faculty constituting the Graduate Field of Geological Sciences at Cornell includes not only those members in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences but faculty from a number of other academic units as well, including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Classics, Astronomy, and Materials Science.