California Institute of Technology is ranked No.1 nationally for Geophysics and Seismology in the US News & World Report rankings (2011), ahead of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2nd), and Stanford University (3rd). The University of Texas--Austin and Harvard University are ranked 6th and 7th respectively among the best earth sciences schools for geophysics and seismology.

The Ph.D. in Geophysics at Caltech requires a minimum of three academic years of residence. Most students complete the Ph.D. program in five to six years.

Stanford University has a long tradition in geophysics. Faculty members in Geophysics collaborate with Stanford colleagues in Geological and Environmental Sciences, Energy Resources Engineering, Institute for Computational Mathematics in Engineering, Earth and Environmental Systems Science, and more.

The University of Texas at Austin Geophysics program is devoted to the advancement and promotion of geophysical techniques. Students may pursue research and classroom experience in a wide range of fields, including gravity and magnetics; seismic imaging, migration, and interpretation; rock mechanics and petrophysics; whole earth structure and plate dynamics; and earthquake and engineering applications.

Geophysics at Harvard University spans the study of the Earth from the inner core to the crust, with emphasis on convection and its dynamical consequences in the core and mantle. The Geophysics Research Group often works together with closely related areas of research such as Seismology and Structural Geology and Tectonics as well as Planetary Sciences.

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