Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Graduate Program

Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences focuses on research, education, and outreach dealing with the nature of the earth. Our students and faculty investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary. Our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one of our many research areas. Our growing geosciences community consists of 55 graduate and 90 undergraduate students working with 23 professors, 13 adjunct faculty, and 14 emeritus professors, as well as numerous postdocs and research associates. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs.

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Admissions and Financial Aid

Registration, Courses, and Requirements


Student Organizations

Careers and Professional Development

Professional experience and training make our graduates highly competitive for university and industry positions.

Ben SchwartzPh.D. student Ben Schwartz answers a question during his presentation at the Graduate Student Research Symposium. This annual two day event is organized by Geosciences graduate students with corporate and alumni support.