Graduate Programs in Geosciences

The Geosciences Department offers the following graduate degree programs:

Ph.D. in Geosciences

M.S. with Thesis in Geosciences     *Information regarding MS funding opportunity (click here)

M.S. in Geoscience with a concentration in Earth and Space Sciences

M.S. in Hydrogeology    **NOT accepting applications for 2017-18 Academic Year for this program

M.A.T in Earth Science (through the School for Professional Development)

As the core discipline examining Earth's natural processes and materials,Geosciences boasts unparalleled diversity. Spurred by urgent scientific and social questions, ranging from environmental concerns to the origin and evolution of the planet itself, the Geosciences are experiencing remarkable growth, with excellent career opportunities. The Geosciences encompass many disciplines including geology, geochemistry, and geophysics, and its interdisciplinary nature fosters natural links not only with chemistry and physics, but also with environmental science, materials science, engineering, biology, and health fields. Developments in technology and new innovative approaches have transformed graduate study in many areas within Geosciences, and students participate in research utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities. 

Graduate students may choose among degree programs with emphasis in different areas in Geosciences. Ph.D. programs are offered with areas of emphasis that include seismology and tectonics, mineral and rock physics, crystal chemistry, geochemistry, petrology, and sedimentary geology (described in more detail below). The department is always eager to admit new qualified graduate students, particularly students with an interest in our current areas of research

The Department of Geosciences occupies a modern, well-equipped building that houses extensive experimental and analytical labs, faculty and graduate student offices, numerous computers and workstations, and an electronics support group. The Center for Environmental Molecular Science, Mineral Physics Institute, the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute (LIGRI), the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC), the Seawulf cluster computing facility and nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory offer additional support and laboratory facilities for graduate student research. In particular, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven offers unparalleled opportunities for faculty and graduate students to perform unique experiments requiring high-intensity X-rays and is only 20 miles away. 

New graduate students in these programs are typically supported with a full tuition waiver and a competitive annual salary. Other graduate student fellowship opportunities offered by Stony Brook University are another means of support. In addition, qualified students might also wish to submit proposals to the NSF (National Science Foundation) for pre-doctoral support. Students who maintain good academic progress in course work and research almost always enjoy continued support (at the same or higher levels as described above) until they have obtained their degree. 

The department also offers a non-thesis M.S. program in hydrogeology focused primarily on training professionals in environmentally related fields. In addition there is an M.A.T. in Earth Science, which leads to provisional certification for teaching earth science in secondary schools of New York State, and an M.S. in Geosciences with a concentration in Earth and Space Sciences. These programs generally do not provided tuition waivers or salary support. 


Areas of Emphasis in Graduate Study and Research 

The Department's philosophy has been to pursue excellence by concentrating its research initiatives in specific areas of the Geosciences. Graduate students benefit from greater focus and also enjoy close interaction with faculty members. A distinctive aspect of graduate study in the Geosciences Department is the opportunity for collaborative research, often involving several faculty members. The Department's extensive state-of-the art computers, laboratory facilities and modern instrumentation have helped to foster a well-earned reputation for observational, experimental, multi-faceted approaches to Geosciences research. Cooperative programs with other departments, nearby institutions, and national laboratories provide access to unique facilities (e.g., NSLS).

Areas of Emphasis in Graduate Study and Research

Areas of Emphasis by Individual Faculty


For further information on the Geosciences programs, please contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator: TBD
Room 255 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-8554 

Director of Graduate Studies: Timothy Glotch 
Room 250 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-1168
Email: timothy.glotch "at"

Much useful information can also be found on the Graduate School Website 

Further information on the Master of Science in Hydrogeology program, please contact:
Professor Brian Phillips 
Room 240 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-6853 
Email: brian.phillips "at"

Further information on the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Earth and Space Science, please contact:
Professor Gilbert Hanson 
Room 340 ESS Building 
Tel. (631) 632-8210 
Email: gilbert.hanson "at"


News & Announcements

Geosciences Seminar

Geosciences Department Newsletter


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has established a Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments. 

Stony Brook Geosciences going Far Beyond: Newest Department of Geosciences faculty member Weisen Shen's seismological research takes him to the South Pole.

Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200
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