The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offer the Ph.D. and the MS in Geological Sciences or Marine Science; the Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management (MEERM) degree; and dual MEERM and Juris Doctor degrees in collaboration with the USC School of Law. The latter is a streamlined program for students seeking both the Master’s and Law degree.
Degrees in Geology & Geophysics
The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences. Active research in the School covers a wide variety of disciplines under the direction of an extraordinary faculty. Financial support is available to a number of students each year in the form of instructional (IA) and research (RA) assistantships, the Stephen F. Taber Fellowship, as well as external and university-wide fellowships.
Requirements for Masters in Geological Sciences
Requirements for PhD in Geological Sciences
Degrees in Marine Science
The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Marine Science through the Marine Science Program. Active research in the Program covers a wide variety of disciplines under the direction of an extraordinary faculty. The Marine Science Graduate Program is designed to train scientists for careers in research, teaching and scientific leadership in fields pertaining to Earth’s oceans.
Graduate study in Marine Science stresses interdisciplinary education, as evidenced by the diversity of faculty participating in the program from various departments within the University (School of Earth, Ocean & Environment, Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Environmental Health Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, and Statistics). Programs leading to both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees provide training in a variety of areas of marine science and oceanography, including biology, chemistry, geology and physics. Other specializations can be developed in areas such as ocean policy, marine affairs and marine science education. Financial support is available to a number of students each year in the form of Marine Science instructional (IA) and research (RA) assistantships, as well as external and university-wide fellowships.
Requirements for Masters in Marine Sciences
Requirements for PhD in Marine Sciences
Degrees in Environment & Sustainability
The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers a Master of Earth & Environmental Resources Management (MEERM) degree, as well as dual MEERM & Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees through a cooperative affiliation with the School of Law. More details may be found on these web pages, the Graduate Bulletin for MEERM, for MEERM/JD Dual Degree, and in the Gradute Student Handbook. These MEERM degrees are designed to provide individual curricula suited for students interested in management positions in earth resources (minerals, water, sustainable development within ecosystems) or environmental resources (safe and effective use or remediation of anthropogenic materials in different ecosystems). The program also allows students with an interest in earth and environmental resources to tailor a graduate degree program to their own particular interests and goals within a wide range of fields supervised by a diverse faculty. Recent MEERM students have come from backgrounds as broad as accounting, journalism, geology and engineering, which allows them to learn from each other as well as from the faculty.
MEERM & JD/MEERM Degree Requirements