UCLA’s New Degree Program in Planetary Science

Do you dream of becoming an astronaut and studying space, but aren’t sure how? Love adventure and the great outdoors, doing hands-on research? Are you fascinated by the Moon and Mars, and wonder how Earth and even distant worlds can form and harbor life? Pursue these topics and many more with an M.S./Ph.D. in Planetary Science at UCLA, and secure your future in space science! Follow the link below to apply and learn more:

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Jessica Watkins was just selected for a mission on the International Space Station!! She got her Ph.D. in Geology in 2015 (advisor: Prof. An Yin), focusing on “the emplacement mechanisms of large landslides on Mars and Earth.”

As the keynote speaker during Commencement in 2021, Jessica remarked that the NASA Artemis lunar program relies heavily on the work of EPSS, helping her prepare for astronaut training: “We are building off of our understanding of the Apollo samples analyzed in this department, planning landing sites and traverses using maps of lunar water ice developed within this department, and applying fundamental principles of geological field work taught in this department.”

The UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences is happy to announce the initiation of a new graduate degree program in Planetary Science to add to its three existing graduate degree programs in Geology, Geochemistry, and Geophysics and Space Physics. UCLA has had a world-class research program in the field of Planetary Science for many years, and the department currently has eighteen faculty members who are actively engaged in planetary research on a full-time or part-time basis. The new degree program will focus on training the next generation of planetary scientists by providing a curriculum of graduate-level courses as well as opportunities to conduct research at the forefront of knowledge in the field. Applications are now being accepted for new M.S .and Ph.D. students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Financial support is available through merit-based and competitive fellowship awards, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships that provide stipends in varying amounts and may include tuition, fees and nonresident supplemental tuition.

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