What will I learn?

Areas of Study

The program in Geophysics and Space Physics offers study in Earth's interior (seismology, gravity, thermal regime, geomagnetism, tectonics), geophysical fluid dynamics (turbulence, rotating systems, stability, hydromagnetism), mineral physics, planetary science (orbital dynamics, planetary interiors, surfaces and atmospheres, magnetic fields, origin and evolution of planetary systems), space physics (magnetospheres, radiation belts, solar wind, magnetic fields, cosmic rays), and applied geophysics. Other comparable areas of study are also possible.

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. Up to eight units of course EPSS 596: Directed Individual Study and/or Research or EPSS 598: M.S. Research and Thesis Preparation may count toward the 36 units required for the degree.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (9 Quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected January, March, 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

Students must have bachelor's degree in geology, physics, astronomy, engineering, mathematics, or a related field is required.

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.