Graduate students in the Geology doctoral program are expected to develop a mastery of their field, and gain familiarity with their discipline from arrival to graduation.

In particular, full-time doctoral students who arrive with a baccalaureate degree normally will:

  • Become engaged in research during their 1st year.
  • Identify a thesis adviser by the beginning of their 2nd semester.
  • Identify a thesis topic by the beginning of their 3rd semester.
  • Secure admission to candidacy within 2 years, 3 at a maximum.
  • Publication of some research results prior to graduation.
  • Complete all requirements and graduate within 4-6 years.

Graduate students in the Geology doctoral program normally may expect:

  • A wide selection of courses.
  • Advice and mentoring by the Director of Graduate Studies and faculty in their program prior to the selection of an adviser.
  • From their adviser (or, in some instances the program):
    • Regular access and advice during the research and thesis writing process.
    • Training in the preparation of oral and written scholarly presentations; in particular, advice and support for the writing of at least one paper for publication.
    • Introductions, for example at conferences, to other members of the field.
    • Assistance and advice with job searches.

Graduate students in the Geology masters program are expected to receive advanced training in their field, and gain familiarity with their discipline from arrival to graduation.

In particular, full-time masters students normally will:

  • Become engaged in research during their 1st semester.
  • Identify a thesis adviser by the beginning of their 2nd semester.
  • Identify a thesis topic by the end of their 2nd semester.
  • Successfully defend a proposal within 1 year, 3 semesters at a maximum.
  • Complete all requirements and graduate within 2-3 years.

Graduate students in the Geology masters program normally may expect:

  • A wide selection of courses.
  • Advice and mentoring by the Director of Graduate Studies and faculty in their program prior to the selection of an adviser.
  • From their adviser (or, in some instances the program):
    • Regular access and advice during the research and thesis writing process.
    • Training in the preparation of oral and written scholarly presentations.
    • Assistance and advice with job searches.