Future Graduate

Students enrolled in Earth Sciences at Carleton University enjoy the unique advantage of studying in the nation’s capital, providing easy access to co-op opportunities in government departments and private industry.

The Department of Earth Sciences is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre (OCGC) which offers students the unique opportunity to take courses at both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa while benefiting from the expertise of a larger pool of professors. In addition to a diverse perspective from faculty members in the field, students come from all over the world with varying undergraduate experiences; this unique diversity of backgrounds and cultures thereby further enriching your class-room studies and research opportunities.

We offer the following programs:

Applying for Graduate Studies - How do you start

  1. Start by deciding which areas of research interest you and find out who is working in that area. Refer to the OCGC page to find out what professors are working on.
  2. Contact professors directly by phone or email. You must correspond with them directly in order to find a potential supervisor who is willing to be supervise your studies.
  3. We are not able to admit any students who have not contacted potential supervisors directly. 
  4. When you have received confirmation from the professors that they are willing to work with you, you may apply.

Please do not submit an online application without approval.

What additional information do I need before I apply?

  1. General Regulations
  2. Admission Requirements 
  3. Admission Requirements: International Students 
  4. Language Requirement: The language of instruction at Carleton is English. For admission into Carleton's graduate programs, you will need to demonstrate that your knowledge and use of English are strong enough for graduate studies at an English-language university.
  5. Department deadlines for applications - February 1 for Fall Term admission; November 1 for Winter and Spring Term admissions.
  6. Funding: Prospective graduate students are considered for financial support at the time their application is considered. In order to be considered for the first round of funding (financial support), we recommend that all documents be received by February 1st of each year for Fall admission. M.Sc. and Ph.D. students (Canadian citizens and landed immigrants) may receive a stipend which is comprised of a teaching assistantship, scholarship, and research assistantship.
  7. Other information for International Students: The Graduate International Student Admissions website provides detailed information on study permits, language requirements, expenses, employment conditions, immigration, and student services. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is an important source of information for you, offering assistance with orientation to life in Canada, immigration procedures, health insurance, and finances.

    Note: If you are applying for admission from outside of Canada, you should do so at least five months before the desired date of admission in order to make the necessary visa arrangements.

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Additional Funding Information

  • NSERC and OGS Scholarships - Current and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) scholarships and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), which are awarded annually to outstanding students by the federal and provincial governments.
  • Internal and Department Specific Endowment Scholarships - A limited number of internal scholarships are available to graduate students registered at Carleton University. You can apply for these scholarships once you are registered in one of our programs.

Graduate Courses

Not all of the graduate courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule at http://central.carleton.ca

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