Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (30 cr, Option I only) with optional specialization:
- PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (90 cr) with optional specialization:
- Minor in College STEM Education with any graduate degree program, subject to approval (apply to degree program, add minor after enrolling)
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Hydrologic Sciences
- Sedimentary Geology
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Department application
- Statement of purpose
- Three recommendation letters
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- For Financial Consideration: January 15 for Fall.
- Otherwise: March 1 for Fall. September 1 for Spring. February 1 for Summer.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.
Researchers in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences examine a wide variety of issues relevant to Earth systems and Earth system history. The primary emphasis is on Earth's atmospheric and hydrological systems and the interaction of these systems with the sedimentary cycle.
Recent graduates have performed research in physical and chemical hydrogeology, hydrogeologic modeling, surficial processes, geomorphology, sedimentology, vertebrate paleontology, micropaleontology, geochemistry, petrology, structure and tectonics, climate change, land/surface atmosphere interactions, physical climatology and meteorology, severe storms, snow and ice studies, surface energy balance modeling, and synoptic meteorology.
Departmental researchers have obtained large grants supporting multidisciplinary research efforts in areas as disparate as Antarctica and the Nebraska Sand Hills. They encourage collaborative work with the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Center for Advanced Land Management and Information Technologies, the School of Natural Resources, and other related University of Nebraska-Lincoln departments.
Recent graduates are employed as faculty by research universities and liberal arts colleges, and as weather forecasters, petroleum geologists, consulting geologists and scientific staff by various governmental agencies.
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Courses and More
- Students work with an advisor to choose courses, create a plan of study, and follow the Steps to Degree Completion. See courses in:
- Cost of attendance differs from one student to another. Try our Cost Estimator or see Tuition, Fees, and Funding for details.
Faculty and research
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Polar Weather and Climate; Weather Analysis and Forecasting; Climate Change and Variability; Remote Sensing; Severe Weather
Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry; Geocognition and Geoscience Education
Climatology; Drought Monitoring and Management
Deformation and Petroleum Potential of Mountain Belts and their Associated Basins Worldwide, using Satellite Images, Sandbox Modeling, Fieldwork and Integration with Available Depth Data
Climate Variations; Severe Weather Safety; Climate Assessment and Impacts
Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology; Petroleum Geology; Marine Geology
Carbonate Sedimentology; Paleoclimatology; Marine Geology; Diagenesis; Stratigraphy
Quaternary Environments; Paleoclimatology; Limnology; Climate Change and Variability; Micropaleontology
Optical Geochronology; Mineralogy; Geochemistry; Economic Geology
Regional Geologic Problems; Structural GeologyAdjunct Faculty
Micropaleontology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology; Glacial Geology; Marine Geology
Atmospheric Convection; Mesoscale Processes; Severe Weather; Instrumentation; Climate Diagnostics
Precipitation Variations; Climatology
Vertebrate Paleontology; Stratigraphy
Sedimentology and StratigraphyEmeritus
Organic Geochemistry; Aqueous Geochemistry; Mineral Deposits; Diagenesis
Climate Change and Reconstruction; Pleistocene and Historical Environments; Dendroclimatology; Remote SensingEmeritus
Sedimentology; Paleoclimatology; Quaternary Environments
Climate Modeling; Climate Change and Variability; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions; Climate Diagnostics
Chemical and Physical Hydrogeology; Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions; Fluvial Geomorphology
Marine Geology; Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Boundary Layer Dynamics; Mesoscale Processes; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Vertebrate Paleontology; Paleoclimatology; Stable isotope geochemistry; Biostratigraphy
Sedimentology; Geomorphology; Physical Sedimentation
Severe Weather; Radar Meteorology; Microphysics & Precipitation Processes; Mesoscale Processes; Land-atmosphere Interactions
Micropaleontology; Marine Geology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology
Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology; Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions; Hydrology; Aquifer Hydraulics