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 64 graduate and 112 undergraduate students working with 29 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.

Coastal Sedimentary Environments and Processes Field Trip
Graduate students and faculty at Jockey’s Ridge State Park near Nags Head, North Carolina during a field trip that the students and faculty organized to study modern coastal sedimentary environments and processes.

Registration, Courses, and Requirements

Graduate Student Pre-Application

  • Submitting this pre-application simply indicates your interest in our program and does not incur any cost or obligation on your part. We strongly encourage you to directly contact faculty in the areas you are interested in pursuing, to determine whether there are open positions and to discuss possible research directions.
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  • The department begins reviewing official applications January 5 for Fall admission and October 2 for Spring admission. We recommend that prospective students submit applications by the listed dates, but we accept applications at anytime.
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Scholarships/Fellowships

Careers and Professional Development

Professional Geosciences Organizations