Graduate Program Concentrations

Atmospheres, Oceans + Climate (PAOC)

The EAPS graduate Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) engages in some of the most intellectually challenging and important problems in science, such as the physics of hurricanes and the dynamics of ice ages. From physical and chemical oceanography, to biogeochemistry, to atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, our program emphasizes the synthesis of theoretical, observational, and modeling approaches.


Geology, Geochemistry + Geobiology (PGGG)

The evolutionary relationships between continents, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere blur traditional boundaries between the Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. The EAPS graduate Program in Geology, Geochemistry, and geobiology (PGGG) combines disciplines to develop more accurate monitoring, measuring, imaging, and modeling tools to trace the history of the Earth’s crust and the co-evolution of life and environments.


Geophysics (PG)

Students in the EAPS Program in Geophysics (PG) investigate physical and chemical processes that shape the Earth and other planets, occurring over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales—from crystalline structures to tectonic faults. Harnessing advances in instrumentation and computer power, we combine theory, field work, and precise laboratory experimentation to develop insights on global issues such as geothermal and hydrocarbon energy sources, carbon sequestration, groundwater flow, glacier dynamics, and the earthquake cycle.


Planetary Science (PPS)

The EAPS Program in Planetary Science (PPS) offers students the opportunity to explore the solar system and exoplanets beyond, using theory, telescopic observation, spacecraft data, numerical modeling, experimentation, and analysis to examine the physical and chemical processes that shape the surfaces and interiors of planets and small bodies, as well as the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of planetary atmospheres.


Looking for the MIT-WHOI Joint Program?

The MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering is a five-year doctoral degree program. 

Combining the strengths of both MIT and WHOI, the program encompasses one of the largest oceanographic research enterprises in the world. Joint Program students have unparalleled access to scientists, classes, programs, and resources at both institutions. In addition, WHOI supports a world-class research fleet, providing students with ample opportunities to conduct their work at sea.

EAPS-affiliated students in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program pursue degrees in: