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Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences


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Department Head: Robert van der Hilst

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

The graduate program at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences aims to educate outstanding young scientists—primarily at the Ph.D. level—for careers in academia, government, and the private sector. Demanding and eye-opening, the EAPS program is ranked second in the country for its number of graduates who obtain tenure-track faculty positions in the earth sciences.

EAPS graduate students pursue doctoral and Master's degrees through programs in geology, geochemistry and geobiology; geophysics; atmospheres, oceans, and climate; planetary science; and the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography. Through consultation with a department committee and a personal faculty advisor with mutual research interests, each student develops a specialized program of study and research tailored to his or her background, needs, and goals.

Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences-Graduate Program

MIT Course Bulletin-EAPS Graduate Program