M.Sc. On Campus

Earth System Science

Stanford University

24 months
25080 USD/year
25080 USD/year
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The purpose of the Earth System Science program at Stanford University is to continue a student's training in one of the earth science disciplines and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies.


Key facts

The department's graduate coordinator, in coordination with the departmental faculty, appoints an academic adviser during registration with appropriate consideration of the student's background, interests, and professional goals. In consultation with the adviser, the student plans a program of course work for the first year. The Earth System Science program is offered at Stanford University.

The student should select a thesis adviser within the first year of residence and submit to the thesis adviser a proposal for thesis research as soon as possible. 

The academic adviser supervises completion of the department requirements for the M.S. program as outlined below until the research proposal has been accepted; responsibility then passes to the thesis adviser. The student may change either thesis or academic advisers by mutual agreement and after approval of the graduate coordinator.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Climate Change: An Earth Systems Perspective
  • From Freshwater to Oceans to Land Systems: An Earth System Perspective to Global Challenges
  • Research Proposal Development and Delivery
  • Fundamentals of Modeling
  • Measurements in Earth Systems
  • Remote Sensing of the Oceans
  • Remote Sensing of Land
  • Physical Hydrogeology
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology and Reactive Transport
  • Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation
  • Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: the Ocean Circulation
  • Analyzing land use in a globalized world
  • Earth Sciences Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See minimum level of study required of International applicants.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • International students enrolled must be able to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12540 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    25080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12540 USD per semester during 24 months.

Regular quarterly tuition

Living costs for Stanford

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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