In 2001, the Department of Earth and Space Sciences was created through the merger of two UW departments, the Department of Geological Sciences and the Graduate Program in Geophysics. It has a distinguished history of excellence in research and education.
PhD applicants who are admitted are offered a TA or RA for the first academic year. Financial support for successive years is contingent on satisfactory progress and the availability of funding. In total, PhD students are awarded support during the nine-month academic year for five calendar years.