Stanford University
Death Valley

Geological Sciences

The study of our planet and its neighbors, from their deep interiors to the surface, and through their multi-billion year history.

Academic Resources

Graduate Degree Resources

GS Graduate Student Handbook

GS Graduate Advising Guidelines

GS TA-Instructor Agreement Form

GS Financial Resources(including the Shell Fund and Grad Incidental Fund applications)

GS Travel Form (please complete if you will be traveling for research or conferences)

GS Emergency Contact Form

SE3 Job Board

MS Student Milestones

MS Program Proposal

  • Submit a program proposal (approved by your advisor) to the Student Services Manager by the end of your first quarter.
  • MS Program Proposal form

Spring Review

  • During the Spring Quarter, the department reviews all graduate students to assess progress to degree, identify areas of strength, provide helpful resources, and note potential issues or areas of concern.  This review includes a conversation between the faculty advisor and advisee.  The student should have no "I" grades in core courses, must maintain at least a 3.0 average GPA, and show evidence of productive research.
  • GS Spring Review Form

Thesis Submission

  • Thesis formatting is the same as Ph.D. dissertations.  Let the Assistant Director of Student Services (Lauren) know when you are ready to submit your thesis, they will grant access for uploading to the Stanford Digital Repository.

PhD Student Milestones

Spring Review

  • During the Spring Quarter, the department reviews all graduate students to assess progress to degree, identify areas of strength, provide helpful resources, and note potential issues or areas of concern.  This review includes a conversation between the faculty advisor and advisee.  The student should have no "I" grades in core courses, must maintain at least a 3.0 average GPA, and show evidence of productive research.
  • GS Spring Review Form
  • PhD Candidate Committee Mtg (for students that passed quals prior to January 2019)

Qualifying Exam/Apply for Candidacy

  • The candidacy exam is an oral exam based on the candidate's written research proposal.  The exam is a test of the student's ability to recognize, evaluate, and plan a significant research project and his/her mastery of fields essential to the completion of research. The Examining Committee consists of four or five members, at least three from the Academic Council and at least two must be GS Academic Council members.  See the GS Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.
  • University policy requires passing to candidacy by the end of the sixth quarter.  Therefore, it is strongly advised that the exam be taken during the 5th quarter so that the student has time to retake the exam, if necessary.
  • GS Application for Candidacy
  • Request for Approval of Examining Committee

Reading Committee

TGR Status

  • TGR status allows students to register at a reduced tuition rate while working on a dissertation or thesis.  PhD students must have all degree requirements completed (except the dissertation), 135 units prior to the TGR start quarter, and an approved reading committee form on file with the Student Services Manager.  Students enroll in GS 802.
  • Request for TGR Status form

Dissertation Defense

Undergraduate Degree Resources

Coterminal Degree Resources

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