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SDSU UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Earthquake Science and Applied Geophysics

Joint Ph.D. in Geophysics from San Diego State University and UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

San Diego State University and University of California San Diego are accepting applications for the Joint Doctoral Program in Geophysics. The SDSU/UCSD Joint Program provides full access to the Geophysics curriculum of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with additional specialized courses and research opportunities offered by SDSU faculty. Assistantships for Fall 2024 are available for research in earthquake physics, wave propagation and strong motion, fault zone structure and dynamics, induced seismicity, quantitative paleoseismology, computational seismology, and subsurface imaging. Successful candidates must meet doctoral admissions requirements of both universities.

How to Apply

First, follow the graduate steps to apply.

Then, submit using Interfolio:

  1. Three letters of reference
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. An essay describing applicant’s purpose of seeking the PhD

Fall 2023 Deadline

Step 1: Cal State Apply Application—December 1, 2023
Step 2: Submit Documents to Graduate Admissions—December 15, 2024
Step 3: Complete Program Application—January 12, 2024
Step 4: Intent to Enroll payment—April 15, 2024

Note, that the GRE General Test has been waived for Fall 2024 applications!

All application materials including departmental requirements must be submitted by the file completion date.

Application to partner institution, University of California San Diego, occurs after applicants are recommended for admission by SDSU.

For further information, see, or send inquiries to Professor Kim Bak Olsen (

SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Geophysics Student Handbook

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