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Graduate Education and Curriculum

The faculty members in ESS have very strong graduate groups and premier research programs. ESS brings coordination to course offerings for both undergraduates and graduate students, and allows the faculty to identify gaps in educational needs. Moreover, through its courses, seminars, and speaker series, ESS offers graduate students an opportunity to be part of an intellectual community with common or related interests and goals. You can learn about specific degree requirements below, or through the Stanford Bulletin/Explore Degrees.


The purpose of the master's program will be to continue a student's training in one of a broad range of Earth science disciplines and to prepare students for either a professional career or doctoral studies. Learn more about the program and course requirements for the ESS Masters degree.


The objectives of the doctoral program are to enable students to develop the skills needed to conduct original investigations in environmental and Earth system sciences, to interpret the results, and to present the data and conclusions in a publishable manner. We also intend that our graduates obtain strong communication skills and leadership skills, with the ability to teach and communicate effectively with the public. Learn more about the program and course requirements for the ESS PhD degree.

Undergraduate Curriculum

ESS does not have an undergraduate program.  The Earth Systems Program offers a BS and co-terminal BS and MS degree, is a model for interdisciplinary education, engaging faculty throughout the university in the teaching of global environmental challenges, integrated Earth Systems processes, sustainable practices, and solutions to environmental problems. Visit Earth Systems Program for more information.