About Earth Sciences

At the graduate level, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded in Earth Sciences. Our graduate program encourages the academic and personal growth of students through coursework, research, and professional development opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate research in a wide range of typical disciplinary areas as well as interdisciplinary studies. Our program maintains its greatest strength in its research focus areas: Hazards, Active Tectonics & Dynamic Geomorphology, Geoarchaeology & Quaternary Studies, Hydrology & Water Resources, and Spatial & Community Analysis. Many aspects of the research we are known for taking advantage of our location along the Lower Mississippi River, which is both near the New Madrid Seismic Zone as well as the region where native American cultures thrived during the pre-Columbian era. However, our laboratory for field studies ranges across the globe.

What is the curriculum?


There are five areas of interest available in the Master's program including Archaeology Concentration, (MS); Geography Concentration, (MS); Geology Concentration, (MS); Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration, (MS); and a non-thesis track in Earth Sciences, (MA). A list of courses and descriptions for our graduate program can be found on our website.


Earth Sciences, (Ph.D.)

Graduate Certificate

Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate.

Research Assistantships and tuition waivers are available to Earth Sciences graduate students on a competitive basis and are renewable annually.

What are the job opportunities in Earth Sciences?

Earth science involves the study of Earth and its atmosphere and incorporates many of the natural sciences. Therefore, many jobs exist that are related to Earth science. A few of the possible career choices include Geoscientists; Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professor; Hydrologists; Geographers; Surveying and Mapping Technicians; and Atmospheric Scientists. The starting salaries for professionals can range widely, depending on the institution and specialization of the individual.

For more information, email amicklsn@memphis.edu.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Specific requirements:

  • GRE scores are required and are an important factor for admission;
  • Statement of research interests;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV), required for assistantship applicants;
  • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 210 on computer-based, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on IELTS (for students whose native language is not English)

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Program taught in:
  • English

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