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These FAQ's pertain to our Geophysics Graduate program. Please see our Division Website (Geological & Planetary Sciences Graduate Information) or contact the Geophysics Option Representative for further details.
Applications for the graduate program are due by January 1st. However, early submissions are encouraged as application reviews are already in progress in December.
Caltech only accepts students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. in geophysics. We do not offer a Master's degree as a terminal degree.
Visit the Graduate
Admissions website in order to download or request an application.
Complete instructions may be found there. Applications are due on January
1st for entry the following September. Also peruse this website for
detailed information on the faculty and their research expertise; current
graduate students; dissertation titles of alumni; and general information
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In the online Caltech Catalog, Geology, Geobiology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Planetary Science Options Science section, tab 346 - 349 & 350 - 351.
No. Our graduate program is for full-time students only.
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years of residence. Most students complete the Ph.D. program in five to six years.
In general, students offered admission to graduate study at Caltech
are simultaneously offered a package of financial support that pays
all tuition charges and provides them with a stipend. Financial support
for graduate students comes in the form of fellowships, research assistantships,
teaching assistantship, or some combination of fellowship and assistantship
support. In most cases financial assistance is awarded on an annual
basis, but there are also multi-year fellowships available. A separate
application for requesting financial aid is not required. Applicants
requesting additional information on financial assistance may contact
the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at (626) 395-6348.
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Yes. GRE scores are required for the general test. However, Geophysics does not require a subject test. It is strongly recommended that applicants take the GRE in October to allow enough time for Caltech to receive the scores by January.
Applications are encouraged from fields other than geophysics, but applicants should be aware that the program is mathematically and scientifically oriented.
Students who hold a Ph.D. degree from another institution are not normally admitted to graduate standing at Caltech to pursue a second Ph.D. degree.