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What will I learn?

Geologic & tectonic research at UCLA follows a tradition of excellence in the study of the growth and demise of mountain belts, basin analysis, remote sensing, and surficial processes. Our faculty and researchers combine field research with computer modeling, geochemical analysis, geochronology, petrology, and satellite image analysis to understand Earth evolution and the geologic record of plate interactions.

Course Requirements

Full-time students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter. The twelve units required per quarter may include, among others, courses in the 500 series (individual study or research).

Each course of study is individually created by the advising committee in consultation with the student. It may include appropriate courses offered by other departments.

Nine graduate and upper division courses (36 units) are required for the degree; at least six of those courses (24 units) must be 200-series and offered for a letter grade.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2023

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

A bachelor's degree in geology, biology, chemistry, physics, or other science is required.

Applicants must have outstanding records in the relevant basic sciences and mathematics.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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