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Why Earth Sciences

At IUPUI, our graduate students are passionate about making an impact.

IUPUI currently ranks third by U.S. News and World Report in "Up-and-Coming National Universities" and maintains a spot among the top 100 universities in the country. Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI is an urban research institution near five hospitals and Indiana University medical and dental schools.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees granted by Indiana University. The M.S. program in Geology offers both thesis and non-thesis options. The Ph.D. program in Applied Earth Sciences is an interdisciplinary research training program involving students and faculty from the IUPUI schools of Science, Liberal Arts, and Medicine.

See Earth Sciences graduate degrees


The degrees are conferred through the Indiana University system, and entering students must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School of Indiana University and departmental requirements.

Interested students should complete the Graduate Program Inquiry form prior to applying to the program.

Application Deadline: The suggested application submission date is January 15th to maximize opportunities for financial aid.


Our research program crosses the spectrum of the earth sciences and crosses the globe. We not only study problems in central Indiana, but other areas of the U.S., the ocean, and other continents. Active research groups reflect not only the interests of our faculty, but also the interests of our graduate students and the needs for research and training on local to global scales.

Areas of active research within the department include geochemistry; geomicrobiology; glacial geology; hydrology; mineralogy; paleoclimatology/paleoceanography; petrology, structure, & tectonics; remote sensing & planetary geology; sedimentology; and soils.

The accidental scientist: two degrees = one intriguing career

Jody Arthur 2002 Alumna, M.S. Geology
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