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We explore the workings of our planet and find solutions to some of the world’s most challenging environmental dilemmas.

A World Leader in Geosciences

World-renowned researchers. Cutting-edge technology. A welcoming,  inclusive, & collegial space for the geosciences. The graduate programs in Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences help students become science leaders. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 3.5 to 1, our nearly 100 graduate students receive individual attention. Most of our graduate students also receive financial support through research and teaching assistantships.

These experiences pay off: our graduates are actively sought by top employers in fields ranging from tectonics to climate change, and they apply their knowledge to solve the most important geoscience problems facing humanity.

Learning for Life

In our department, graduate students study with the best and become the best.

MEAS graduates compete successfully for the best geosciences jobs in research, government service and the private sector. Mentored by researchers who publish their findings in top-tier journals, graduate students develop the leadership and technical skills employers demand. In addition to partnering with internationally recognized professors, students are encouraged to support one another through peer-to-peer mentoring and graduate seminar courses. MEAS graduate students present their research at the leading conferences worldwide.

Based in the state’s capital, MEAS students access a culturally rich and diverse array of arts and recreation opportunities. Within the Research Triangle, students collaborate with Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill students and professors in complementary disciplines. And North Carolina’s coastal, piedmont and mountain geography present fertile ground for near-backyard study.