Since 2018 over 300 geoscientists in the academic and employer communities have collectively developed a vision for the future of geoscience graduate education, inclusive of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. This comprehensive report articulates that vision and identifies strategies for transformative change in graduate geoscience education.

The report builds on the previous NSF-sponsored undergraduate initiative documented in Vision and Change in the Geosciences: The Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education and discusses:

  • Why change is necessary for long-term growth and future of the geoscience profession.
  • The interface and current state of the geoscience work and graduate education/enrollments.
  • Universal skills and competencies graduate students need to be successful in future careers.
  • How to integrate these skills and competencies into graduate geoscience programs and improve mentoring.
  • Ways to foster and implement changes to graduate education, along with case studies.
  • The important roles of external stakeholders (employers, alumni, professional societies, and funding agencies).

The report provides a roadmap for change and is intended as a resource for department heads and chairs, graduate program directors, faculty, students, alumni, employers, professional societies, and funding organizations. Working together, we can shape the future of graduate geoscience education for the success of our students and profession.