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Graduate Programs brochure

The School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences welcomes your interest in our graduate programs. 

We are committed to educating a new generation of scholars who will reflect the diversity of intellectual perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds represented in society today. We offer disciplinary study within geology, geophysics, Earth system science, and energy resources engineering, and interdisciplinary study spanning the range of research areas within and beyond our school.

We encourage you to explore our departments and programs, and to contact individual faculty in your areas of interest. The deadlines for applying for the 2015-16 academic year have now passed.  Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are now available. 

Newly admitted graduate students are highly recommended to visit the new GRADGATEWAY website at for important informations and resources to help launch your graduate career at Stanford.  

Department of Energy Resources Engineering

Degrees awarded: MS, Engineer, and PhD in Energy Resources Engineering; MS and PhD in Petroleum Engineering

Department of Earth System Science

Degrees awarded: MS and PhD

  • For more information, please see the ESS Graduate Admission page
  • Department contact:  Vanessa Bravo,, (650) 721-5723
  • Application deadline:  December 8, 2015

Department of Geological Sciences

Degrees awarded: MS, Engineer, and PhD

  • For more information, please see the GS Graduate Admission page
  • Department contact:  Alyssa Ferree,, (650) 723-4835
  • Application deadline:  January 5, 2016

Department of Geophysics

Degrees awarded: MS and PhD

  • For more information, please see the Geophysics Graduate Admission page
  • Department contact:  Nancy Thurlow,, (650) 724-3293
  • Application deadline:  December 15, 2015

Earth Systems Program

Degrees awarded:  BS, MS

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)

Degrees awarded: PhD in Environment and Resources; for students in Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School, and School of Medicine, a joint MS in Environment and Resources in conjunction with a professional degree (MBA, JD, or MD)

  • For more information, please see the Joint MS or PhD admission page
  • Program contact (PhD):  Jennifer Mason,, (650) 723-6117
  • ​Program contact (Joint MS): Anjana Richards,, (650) 721-1673
  • Application deadline for PhD program:  December 1, 2015
  • Application deadline for Joint MS program (currently-matriculated MBA, JD, MD students only):  January 29, 2016

For additional information, please contact Roni Holeton, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at (650) 721-3383 or