Ph.D. Degree Program

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine!
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Earth System Science Program
For more than two decades, we have been preparing students just like you to make a difference as scientists, researchers and educators.
Upon completion of our Ph.D. degree program, you will have acquired an in-depth understanding of the science of the Earth as a system and developed the skills necessary to study and understand complex interactions within and between the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial biosphere.

Graduate Program Highlights

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Click here to learn how to apply to the Ph.D. Degree Program.

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