Graduate Programs

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers MS and PhD degrees in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Students can choose from a broad collection of sub-disciplines that generally fall under one or more of the three branches of geosciences: earth, air, and water. A formal description of the graduate program in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is given in the UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin (pp. 45 [brief]; pg. 408 [full]).

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

UNL has an active NSF IGERT Graduate Training Program in "Resilience and Adaptive Governance of Stressed Watersheds". For information on the IGERT, click here.

The multi-disciplinary environment of the Department encourages interactions with other UNL units including the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Civil Engineering, School of Natural Resources, State Conservation and Survey Division, UNL State Museum, Center for Advanced Land Management and Information Technologies ( CALMIT), and the Water Center.



Applicants must have a baccalaureate or graduate degree to gain admission in full standing. All applicants must submit valid GRE scores for the General Test. Applicants lacking any of these requirements may be granted provisional status until the deficiencies are cleared.

Although the department has no formal minimum GPA or GRE score requirements, offers of financial support, for example Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships, tend to go to students with the highest academic credentials.

A major criterion for acceptance in our program is that an EAS faculty member indicates that they are willing to serve as your advisor. Applicants are advised to contact relevant faculty to discuss openings in their research groups. A list of EAS faculty is available here.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for fall
  • September 1 for spring
  • February 1 for summer
  • January 15 to assure consideration for financial support for Fall Semester

Application Procedure

University Fellowships

The University offers several fellowships for which you may be eligible. Information is available here.

Departmental Facilities

Other resources for prospective grad students

Resources for international students