24 months
56487 USD/year
56487 USD/year
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The Geophysics program at Stanford University offers graduate education in a wide range of geophysical disciplines. We study the surface and interiors of the Earth, Moon, and planets through laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation.


Program Description

The teaching and research focus on understanding systems critical to the future of civilization. The Geophysics program at Stanford University offers the intellectual scientific foundation for addressing these challenges, with our expertise in theoretical, numerical, and experimental methods applied to problems that span earthquake, volcano and tsunami hazard, climate change, ice and rock mechanics, hydrologic geophysical fluid dynamics, remote sensing, and energy resource development.

Bringing together diverse opinions, experiences, backgrounds, and skills is an essential aspect of our interdisciplinary, solutions-based education, and research. The department encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups, individuals with non-traditional academic training, international students, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would make significant contributions to a more diverse community.

The department admits graduate students on the basis of their academic achievements, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, fit to the research scope of the department, research potential, and work/life experience. There are no minimum grade point averages. The admissions committee evaluates all applications holistically with respect to the potential for completing a successful doctoral program of study in Geophysics.


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Predicting Volcanic Eruptions
  • Planetary Habitability, World View, and Sustainability
  • Man versus Nature: Coping with Disasters Using Space Technology
  • The Water Course
  • The Energy-Water Nexus
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee ($125 for all applicants)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • CV (optional) & Experience
  • Diversity Statement (optional, recommended)
  • Supplemental application questions

Tuition Fee

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    56487 USD/year
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  • National

    56487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 56487 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Stanford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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