Graduate Studies

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers three graduate degree programs: MA, MSc, and PhD, in the following areas:

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Human Geography
  • Paleontology
  • Planning
  • Solid Earth Sciences

The following links will take you to web pages with details about aspects of the graduate programs in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The graduate student website ATLAS has more information on how to get involved once you are in residence.

Our Department's Graduate Program Committee evaluates applications and makes decisions on admissions and financial support throughout the fall and winter terms (September through early May). We STRONGLY encourage interested students to submit their applications as early as possible. In particular, applications that are not complete (including reference letters and transcripts) by the beginning of March stand a considerably lower chance of receiving financial support than applications completed before that time.

Commonly Needed Forms for Graduate Students


Graduate Programs

Areas of Research Interest

For Prospective Graduate Students

Application Deadlines for Thesis Programs:


Applications Period Begins

Document Deadlines*

Canadian/Permanent Residents

International Applicants

Fall Term (September)

November 1

March 15

March 15

Winter Term (January)


October 1

October 1


* All necessary documents must be received by these dates for a file to be considered complete and able to be adjudicated. Documents and applications received outside of these deadlines may be considered ineligible as determined by the department.

For thesis based programs, you are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors. Please ensure that your chosen potential supervisor is a member of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. If no prospective supervisor expresses interest, we would suggest that you not formally apply.

For Current Graduate Students

Related U of A Websites

  • ATLAS (EAS Graduate Website)