12 months
56364 USD/year
56364 USD/year
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Students in the Geological and Planetary Sciences program at California Institute of Technology - Caltech study the earth and other planets to understand their origin, composition, and development, and to examine the effects of their resulting physical and chemical characteristics on the history of life, on the environment, and on humanity.


About the Program

A broad training in fundamental science, enriched by specialized coursework within the division, forms the basis of the graduate educational program. Students in the Geological and Planetary Sciences program at California Institute of Technology - Caltech are encouraged to work with complex and often incomplete data sets, to use the many modern laboratory facilities available within the division, and to undertake research in natural settings outside the lab. GPS's flexible curriculum allows graduate students with diverse backgrounds and degrees in science and engineering to carry out their graduate work within GPS while simultaneously pursuing interdisciplinary studies within a number of Caltech's other academic divisions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth and Environment
  • Frontiers in Geological and Planetary Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences: Earth as a Planet
  • Geology and Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Geobiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants whose first language or native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with their applications.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required
  • Official transcripts
  • Upload a CV or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56364 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 56364 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    56364 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 56364 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Pasadena

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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