Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences

ISU is dedicated to cutting-edge research that generates peer-reviewed publications and funding for Ph.D. students.

Research can be conducted in any field of the geosciences in which ISU faculty have expertise.

A variety of funded graduate projects are currently in progress that focus on earth processes, geologic histories, and novel methods of data analysis.

Many projects are based in Idaho, others in the surrounding Northern Rockies, and still others in Alaska and Mexico.

Your course of study will be determined after consulting with advisors. The program normally requires at least four years of full-time study beyond the master’s degree.

An average grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.

Student doing field work

We produce graduates who excel in academia and industry.

Students hiking in the field

We are located in a Pocatello, Idaho a spectacular mountain setting in south east Idaho.

Learning how to do field research

We encourage field work in many different disciplines.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet ISU Graduate School admission requirements for Doctoral Programs. You must have attained a minimum of a bachelor's degree in geosciences or a closely related field (environmental science, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, etc.). Your program of study will be determined after consulting with your lead advisor, the department chair or the department's graduate advising committee. You may be required to complete any missing courses required for the B.S. degree in geosciences at ISU.

A Graduate School Application submitted on line requires the following:

  • Online Application
  • Fee to apply ($60 non-refundable)
  • GRE scores (50th percentile or above in both verbal and quantitative categories). Students for whom English is a second language who do not meet the minimum verbal GRE score must meet the Graduate School minimal TOEFL score.
  • Transcripts
  • A statement of goals (what is your motivation for graduate school and long term career goals).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation


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