Prospective Graduate Students

application deadline: December 1, 2018 for International,
January 6, 2019 for Domestic

You might evaluate and compare geological sciences graduate schools based on three basic features:

  • Academic fit and quality
  • Chance of acceptance
  • Practical and non-school considerations

Here’s information about graduate study in Geological Sciences at Indiana University:

Academic fit and quality

IU Bloomington’s Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department has an excellent faculty with depth in a wide variety of geological research topics. Check out faculty profiles, research areas, recent publications, and grants to find the best match or group for your interests. The department welcomes the personal contact of interested graduate students – start a dialog by phone or email.

If you’re not sure whom to contact, or are interested in more general information about the department contact Simon Brassell, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies,, 812-855-3786.

Graduate students describe the academic atmosphere in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences as "open door" and "collaborative". Plus former graduates credit the multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary focus as being interesting and helpful in later career.

The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department often works with other academic and research units at Indiana University such as the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Indiana Geological Survey.

The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department has an excellent collection of instrumentation and scientific facilities. In fact a number of schools and research groups send materials to IU for analysis.

IU EAS graduates are highly regarded and actively recruited by industry, government and other academic institutions. IU Earth and Atmospheric Science"s network of alumni has a tradition of helping graduates find and secure the jobs they seek.

Practical and non-school considerations

The department has a significant and successful system for connecting grad students to recruiters, and the alumni network, including many distinguished and influential geologists is active and helpful.

Students can support some of all their graduate school expenses through work in applied geology, research and/or teaching. There is a wide variety of endowments and awards for graduate students, and field work and lab work are readily available. (See the current faculty and graduate student directories.)

IU is an outstanding university, with a diverse faculty and student body – welcoming of international students and rich in scientific and cultural pursuits. (Take a tour.) Bloomington is a relatively inexpensive, safe and fun city. There is always something to do: with a great collection of entertainment venues and restaurants, the city is surrounded by interesting geology and tens of thousands of acres of state and national forests, lakes and wetlands. There are many recreational choices and opportunities.

Your Next Step

Thoroughly check out this site and make contact – either by phone or email. Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Simon Brassell (, 812-855-3786) can answer any question about the program and refer you to other faculty. Or you can contact individual faculty members directly.

If you have questions about applying for a graduate program in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at IU please contact the Graduate Services Coordinator Ms. ’Chelle Filippelli in room GY107. Otherwise, please visit the University Graduate School admissions site.

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