Graduate studies in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences are research oriented and highly diverse. As a result, students may be accepted in our graduate programs with a scientific background that is quite general or more or less specialized in geosciences, chemistry, or physics.
Prospective students are encouraged to read about the research interests of individual faculty members in order to identify who would be a suitable supervisor. It is highly recommended that you contact a potential supervisor by e-mail before applying to a graduate program.
Facilities in the Department include low-temperature and pressure to high-temperature and pressure experimental laboratories, a stable-isotope mass spectrometer, laser-ablation ICP-MS, and electron microprobe, as well as atomic absorption spectrometers. Our students also make substantial use of other facilities at McGill and at nearby Université du Québec à Montréal.