PhD Degree in Environmental Science

The PhD in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program that collaborates with other departments at the University, allowing for research in a number of disciplines including ecology, biodiversity, conservation, environmental assessment, paleoecology-geology or environmental policy. Students work closely with one or more faculty members to master their chosen area of environmental research.

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General Requirements

Applicants to the doctoral program are judged on the basis of academic excellence and the alignment of their research interests with those of the environmental faculty. To be awarded the PhD, students must complete a major, publishable research project and are expected to be published in leading peer-reviewed journals. A minimum of 90 credits is required beyond the bachelor’s degree; 45 credits from a master’s degree may apply. There is no prescribed coursework. Students develop an academic plan of study appropriate for the completion of their research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. In addition to a qualifying entrance examination, the PhD student must pass a candidacy examination and an oral defense of his or her dissertation, which demonstrates the capacity to perform independent research.


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Graduate Handbook

For information on course scheduling or waiving specific course requirements, please contact the graduate advisor:

Susan Cole