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The Earth Sciences Department at Dartmouth College has funding available for graduate students interested in pursuing research in the fields of Geobiology, Isotope Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry. Interested students can obtain further information about detailed research areas from the departmental website. We are recruiting students at both M.S. and Ph.D. levels, although the latter is preferred.

Applications are available online; those received prior to January 15, 2014 will receive preferential treatment.

GRE results and Trasnscripts should be sent ot the Graduate Office - 37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6062, Hanover, NH 03755

Graduate studies in the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College involve academic course work and independent research. Students are prepared for careers as professional scientists in research or the application of the earth sciences to environmental, mineral, energy, and water resources. Course programs in the areas of faculty interest are tailored to the student's needs and interests with the aid of his or her research advisor. Students are encouraged to include in their program a broad selection of courses within Earth Sciences as well as in other departments. Programs lead to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Earth Sciences Graduate Student Brochure
Dartmouth is pleased to announce the creation of the McCulloch Graduate Fellowship (PDF). Please consider submitting an application.
Dartmouth Earth Sciences offers research in a variety of subjects including:

More information about specific research programs, and projects is available for each faculty member or research program. You may also contact Prof. Mukul Sharma, the 2011-2012 Graduate Student Coordinator.

Each program requires students to obtain a broad background in earth sciences. Students in the program must have a strong general scientific background in basic physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics, and a demonstrated aptitude for solving quantitative problems. Students admitted to graduate programs with deficiencies are expected to take course work to account for their background.

The Department of Earth Science offers both Masters (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth Science. The M.S. degree is intended to train students for professional careers in earth sciences or other natural sciences, or as preparation for further graduate study. The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated scholarship and expertise in their field of earth science, and conducted novel independent research. To this end, the doctoral program is designed to develop the skills needed to conduct and interpret original research in the earth sciences, and to present the data and conclusions in a publishable format. The detailed requirements of each degree are listed in the ORC and can be accessed via the link below.
Applications received prior to January 15, 2014 will receive preferential treatment.

Please view the official Official Degree Requirements in the Dartmouth Course Catalog

For admission to graduate work in the department, the applicant must have taken the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE, including verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections). Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores from a test taken within the last 18 months, although applicants have completed a B.S. or two-year M.S. program in the U.S. or other English-speaking country are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Previously admitted students who wish to change their degree objective from M.S. to Ph.D. must petition the Earth Sciences Admissions Committee.
All admitted graduate students are given a stipend to cover living expenses (approximately $1800 per month). In addition, all graduate students receive a tuition fellowship to cover the full cost of tuition. Master's degree students are granted this support for 7 terms (2 years) given reasonable progress towards their degree; doctoral students are granted support for 17 terms (4 years) if they begin a doctoral program prior to the completion of a master's degree. All graduate students are required to carry health insurance as well - graduate students receive single coverage during their enrollment.

The Current Whitebook (on campus access only) - A guide to assist incoming and resident graduate students in the dual tasks of working toward a degree in Earth Sciences and surviving in Hanover.

The 2010 Whitebook (on campus access only) - This copy is provided for historical reference. Students matriculating during or before the 2010-2011 school year may choose to follow the degree guidelines outlined in this guide.

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