Motivated and talented graduate students are fundamental to the success of both the research and teaching missions of the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. The department has a well-established reputation for educating highly successful masters and doctoral students. Graduates have good comprehension of basic principles, a capacity for critical and independent thought, and an ability to communicate their research effectively. Earning a graduate degree enriches students, widens their career opportunities, and significantly increases their lifetime earning potential ([read what some alumni have to say](/resources/alumni-newsletters/meet-our-alumni/)).
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in earth science, geology, and meteorology, and the department also participates in the interdepartmental major in Environmental Science. Every effort is made to accommodate prospective students with non-traditional backgrounds in these areas. Details regarding graduate degrees can be found in the handbooks of the [geology](https://iastate.box.com/s/udtww03qwfa2g7zqqa9t4qnwydp4ca4l "Geology graduate student handbook") and meteorology programs. Information about how to apply to these programs can be found at the following links: [Geology Application](/graduate-students/geology-application-process/ "Geology application process") and [Meteorology Application](/graduate-students/meteorology-application-process/ "Meteorology application process").
Applicants wishing to obtain details about our programs are encouraged to direct inquiries to our Graduate applications coordinators:
We are pleased to answer your questions and describe research opportunities available to you.