The School of Earth Sciences is committed to educate a new generation of scholars who will reflect the diversity of intellectual perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds represented in society today. We offer disciplinary study within geology, geophysics, Earth system science, and energy resources engineering, and interdisciplinary study spanning the range of research areas within and beyond our school.
We encourage you to explore our departments and programs, and to contact individual faculty in your areas of interest.
Department of Energy Resources Engineering
Graduate studies in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering involve academic course work and independent research. Research areas include: enhanced oil recovery by thermal means, gas injection, and the use of chemicals; flow of fluids in pipes; geostatistical reservoir characterization and mathematical modeling; geothermal engineering; natural gas engineering; carbon sequestration optimization; properties of petroleum fluids; reservoir simulation using computer models; and well test analysis.
Degrees awarded: MS, Engineer, and PhD in Energy Resources Engineering; MS and PhD in Petroleum Engineering
- For more information, please see the Energy Resources Engineering Graduate Admission page
Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Graduate studies in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science involve academic course work and independent research. The purpose of the master's program is to continue a student's training in one of a broad range of Earth science disciplines and to prepare students for either a professional career or doctoral studies. The objectives of the doctoral program are to enable students to develop the skills needed to conduct original investigations in environmental and Earth system sciences, to interpret the results, and to present the data and conclusions in a publishable manner. We also intend that our graduates obtain strong communication skills and leadership skills, with the ability to teach and communicate effectively with the public.
Degrees awarded: MS and PhD
- For more information, please see the EESS Graduate Admission page
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Graduate studies in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES) involve academic course work and independent research. Students are prepared for careers as professional scientists in research or the application of the Earth sciences to mineral, energy, and water resources. Course programs in the areas of faculty interest are tailored to the student's needs and interests with the aid of his or her research adviser. Students are encouraged to include in their program courses offered in other departments in the School of Earth Sciences as well as in other departments in the university.
Degrees awarded: MS, Engineer, and PhD
- For more information, please see the GES Graduate Admission page
Department of Geophysics
Graduate studies in the Department of Geophysics involve academic course work and independent research. Programs lead to the MS and PhD degrees. Course programs are tailored to the student's needs and interests with the aid of his or her research adviser. Students are encouraged to include in their program courses offered in other departments in the School of Earth Sciences as well as in other departments in the university. Many geophysics research projects offer fieldwork or internship opportunities for collecting geophysical data or partnering with industry and international partners.
Degrees awarded: MS and PhD
- For more information, please see the Geophysics Graduate Admission page
Earth Systems Program
The Earth Systems Program offers a coterminal MS degree, which enables an undergraduate to embark on an integrated program of study leading to the MS degree before requirements for the bachelor's degree have been completed. The MS in Earth Systems provides the student with enhanced tools to evaluate the primary literature of the discipline most closely associated with the student's track, and it allows an increased specialization through additional course work that may include nine credits of thesis research.
- For more information, please see the Earth Systems coterminal MS page
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)
The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) is designed to create interdisciplinary scholars and leaders to address the world's most challenging environmental and sustainability problems. E-IPER students combine academic disciplines, including natural and Earth sciences, engineering, economics, humanities, social sciences, law, health, policy, and business, to yield new insights and novel solutions to urgent global problems, such as energy use, climate change, food security, freshwater availability, depletion of ocean resources, land degradation, and biodiversity loss.
Degrees awarded: PhD in Environment and Resources; for students in Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School, and School of Medicine, a joint MS in Environment and Resources in conjunction with a professional degree (MBA, JD, or MD)
- For more information, please see the E-IPER admission page