PhD Program Overview
Full-time attendance at the university is expected of PhD candidates due to course and research requirements of the doctoral program. A part-time doctoral program is not available. PhD students are required to maintain continuous program registration from the first term program admission until degree completion including the summer term (i.e., May – August).
Candidates will study in two fields:
- Environmental Science and Policy, and
- Environmental Management and Decision Making.
Doctoral candidates must complete a minimum of four courses: one course in each of the two fields, one doctoral level research methods course, and a course in Environmental Policies and Management.
Participation in a doctoral seminar is also required. A candidacy examination directed toward the candidate's area of research specialization normally is held in the candidate's second year of study. Following the completion of the dissertation, the candidate defends the dissertation.
At the recommendation of the candidate's supervising committee and with the approval of the Program Director, one or more additional courses may be required for students with a broader disciplinary background who need additional graduate preparation leading to the candidacy examination.
The Environmental Applied Science and Management graduate program curricula are available in the online graduate calendar.