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PhD Planetary Sciences

Upon completion of the Ph.D. program in Planetary Sciences at University of Arizona, a student will demonstrate a broad, quantitative understanding of the fundamental processes, including physical, chemical, geological, and biological, related to planetary sciences, broadly defined.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

Skills aquired

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a subfield related to planetary sciences (minor);
  • demonstrate ability to design, conduct, and document an independent research project that generates results that can be published in the peer-reviewed literature;
  • effectively evaluate the scientific literature essential to the research area and articulate how the research is related to and advances the discipline;
  • effectively communicate their research to peers and colleagues (e.g. peer-reviewed literature, national or international conferences and workshops, and seminars);
  • effectively communicate their science to a broader audience, including its basic aspects to a lay person.

The Department of Planetary Sciences offers multidisciplinary programs leading to the Ph.D. program in Planetary Sciences at University of Arizona with a major in planetary sciences.

Areas of specialization include, but are not restricted to, the experimental, observational, and theoretical study of planetary atmospheres; the interiors of planets and planetary satellites; asteroid and cometary astronomy and physics; meteoritics; problems of plasma physics associated with cosmic rays; the solar wind and its interaction with solar system bodies; celestial dynamics; solar physics; and investigations of the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems.

Planetary sciences includes, but is not limited to:

  • The science of the Sun
  • Planets and their moons
  • Other Solar System objects
  • Objects orbiting other stars

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