12 months
57590 USD/year
57590 USD/year
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The Geology, Geochemistry, and Geobiology program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) combines these sciences in order to develop more accurate monitoring, measuring, and imaging tools that will help us trace the history of Earth’s crust and its systems, thereby enabling us to better predict its future.


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As scientists have started to recognize the fundamental evolutionary relationships among the continents, oceans, and atmosphere, the traditional disciplinary boundaries between the earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences have dissipated.

Although our scientists share many overlapping interests, the Geology, Geochemistry, and Geobiology program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) breaks into the following five categories:

  • Tectonics – In tectonics, we study how the Earth’s complex systems—beginning with its crust and upper mantle—influence each other as matter and energy are transferred among them. We seek to answer such questions as: What roles do climatic processes play in the development of mountain ranges? What is the nature of the interactions between crust and mantle, and how have these interactions influenced the development of each over time? With research that spans the range of geologic time, our faculty and scientists also explore the effects of surface processes on the development of mountainous terrains; develop tomographic images of the deep mantle to discover clues to the fate of lithospheric plates at convergent boundaries; and investigate active tectonics in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions.
  • Geochemistry and Petrology – The geochemistry and petrology group studies the conditions, timing, and rates of igneous and metamorphic processes in the Earth and other planets.
  • Sedimentary Geology – Students of sedimentary geology study the complex interactions that shape modern Earth surface environments in order to better understand the geologic history of the continents and the oceans. Our studies are relevant to some of society’s most pressing concerns, including fossil fuel reserves, water supplies, and the effects of human influence on the natural environments in coastal areas, wetlands, and river systems.
  • Geobiology – The geobiology group studies surface processes and organic matter from microbes, environmental samples, and rocks. Our main focus is on the molecular biomarkers and stable isotopic signatures found in ancient materials like rock and oils.
  • Surface Processes – Our students investigate the production, delivery, transport, and deposition of sediment—the processes that drive the rock cycle and shape the Earth’s landscapes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Geology and Geochemistry
  • Seminar in Regional Tectonics
  • Seminar in Rock Mechanics
  • Molecular Biogeochemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Sedimentary Environments

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A $75 application fee.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • A statement of objectives.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency exam test scores.
  • Transcripts.
  • CV or resume

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
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