21 months
17696 USD/year
17696 USD/year
7628 USD/year
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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Riverside offers the M.S. degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences.


Program Description

The Earth and Planetary Sciences program at the University of California, Riverside is available in a range of fields such as paleoenvironmental change, modern climate change, evolutionary paleobiology, invertebrate paleontology, active tectonics, earthquake processes and geophysics, biogeochemical cycling, deep crustal and mantle processes, organic geochemistry, mineral deposits, numerical stratigraphy, fire ecology, astrobiology, exoplanets and planetary science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mineral Equilibria
  • Geohydrology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Ecological Systems in Space and Time
  • Theory of Systematics
  • Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • We welcome applicants who have varied cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • In addition to the Statement of Purpose and the Personal History Statement, a CV and Statement of Relevant Skills and Experiences are required. The latter should directly address 4 of the 5 qualities described above.
  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program.
  • The Graduate Division requires a $140 application fee for international applicants.
  • International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For those international students, preference for admission and fellowships will be given to those taking and passing the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • National

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • In-State

    7628 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3814 USD per semester during 21 months.

Living costs for Riverside

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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