M.Sc. On Campus

Planetary Science

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

27 months
32858 USD/year
32858 USD/year
17456 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Planetary Science program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is focused on training the next generation of planetary scientists by providing a curriculum of graduate-level courses as well as opportunities to conduct research at the forefront of knowledge in the field.


About the Program

The Planetary Science program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) encapsulates the scientific study of planetary bodies, a class of celestial objects that generally orbit stars but are distinct from stars in that their internal energy is not (and never was) derived from nuclear fusion. The 8 planets that orbit the Sun, their satellites, dwarf planets such as Ceres and Pluto, and minor planets such as asteroids and comets are all considered planetary bodies. Similar bodies orbiting other stars and those that have been ejected from their parent planetary system are also considered planetary bodies.

Planetary Science addresses the formation and evolution of planetary bodies, their physical and chemical properties, their dynamical interactions, their geology, their climate, and their habitability. Components of interest include the interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and magnetospheres of planetary bodies. Processes of interest include accretion, differentiation, heat production and transport including radioactivity, conduction, convection, and radiative transfer, dynamos, impact cratering, volcanism, tectonism, erosion, atmospheric dynamics and climates, tidal interactions, interactions between planetary layers, interactions with the host star.

The field complements and overlaps with some aspects of Astronomy, Meteoritics, Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Mineral Physics, and Plasma Physics, and employs a range of research approaches including theory, numerical modeling, experimental and observational studies using Earth and space-based telescopes and planetary spacecraft missions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Solid Earth and Planets
  • Oceans and Atmospheres
  • Plasmas—Aeronomy and the Interplanetary Medium
  • Planetary Surfaces
  • Planetary Origins & Evolution
  • Electromagnetic Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 27 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in a physical science, engineering, mathematics or other related field is required
  • Undergraduate students with a strong preparation in planetary science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, engineering, geology or geochemistry are especially encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must have outstanding records in the relevant basic sciences and mathematics
  • GRE: Optional
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants should upload unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32858 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32858 USD per year during 27 months.
  • National

    32858 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32858 USD per year during 27 months.
  • In-State

    17456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17456 USD per year during 27 months.

Living costs for Beverly Hills

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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