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Graduate Admissions


Graduate Programs brochure

The School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences welcomes your interest in our graduate programs. 

We are committed to educating 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.   Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be available in September of 2017. 

KNIGHT-HENNESSEY SCHOLARS

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a graduate-level scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars annually selects up to 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, who will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. In addition to their core Stanford degree program each scholar will have additional opportunities for leadership training, mentorship, and cohort-based experiential learning across multiple disciplines. Applicants to all graduate degree programs are eligible

For more information, please see the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website
Department contact:  Imee DuBose, khscholars@stanford.edu, (650) 721-0771. Application deadline:  September 27, 2017

Newly admitted graduate students are highly recommended to visit the new GRADGATEWAY website at gradgateway.stanford.edu for important informations and resources to help launch your graduate career at Stanford.  

Department of Energy Resources Engineering

Energy Resources Engineering builds on a foundation of engineering principles to explore Earth's energy resources, including optimizing oil recovery from petroleum reservoirs, carbon capture and sequestration, efficient geothermal engineering, clean and efficient energy conversions, and renewable energy systems.

Degrees awarded: MS, Engineer, and PhD in Energy Resources Engineering; MS and PhD in Petroleum Engineering

Department of Earth System Science

Earth System Science works to understand, predict, and respond to human-caused and natural environmental change at local to global scales. To do so, the department investigates the complexity of the global system, including the interactions, synergies, and feedbacks that link the oceans, atmosphere, land surfaces, and freshwater systems.

Degrees awarded: MS and PhD

  • For more information, please see the ESS Graduate Admission page
  • Department contact:  Kristin Tewksbury, ktewks@stanford.edu, (650) 721-5723
  • Application deadline:  December 5, 2017

Department of Geological Sciences

Geological Sciences focuses on the history and structure of the Earth, the physics and chemistry of Earth materials, the processes that cycle those materials on a global scale, and the interaction of human activities with geological processes and resources.

Degrees awarded: MS, Engineer, and PhD

  • For more information, please see the GS Graduate Admission page
  • Department contact:  Alyssa Ferree, aferree@stanford.edu, (650) 723-4835
  • Application deadline:  January 9, 2018

Department of Geophysics

Geophysics combines the principles of physics and geology to explore the Earth using seismic waves, electromagnetic fields, satellite data, and rock physics to address questions about global Earth structure, earthquakes and fault mechanics, volcanic processes, surface deformation, and groundwater contamination.

Degrees awarded: MS and PhD

  • For more information, please see the Geophysics Graduate Admission page
  • Department contact:  Rachael Madison, rmadison@stanford.edu, (650) 724-3293
  • Application deadline:  December 19, 2017

Earth Systems Program

Degrees awarded:  BS, MS, MA

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)

The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources is a graduate program, training the next generation of scholars and leaders to address the world's most challenging environmental and sustainability problems. Drawing on expertise from many areas at Stanford, students integrate disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and approaches to address questions related to energy, water resources, food security, land use, conservation, and climate change.

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 Joint MS or PhD admission page
  • Program contact (PhD): Ann Marie Pettigrew, ampetti@stanford.edu, (650) 723-6117
  • Program contact (Joint MS): Anjana Richards, arichards@stanford.edu, (650) 721-1673
  • Application deadline for PhD program:  November 28, 2017
  • Application deadline for Joint MS program (currently-matriculated MBA, JD, MD students only):  January 31, 2018

For more information on School of Earth graduate programs, please contact the department/program staff listed above.