The Ph.D. degree can be pursued in fields related to the expertise of the core faculty. Students work closely with one or more faculty members in mastering their chosen area of environmental research. The Environmental Science doctoral program is multidisciplinary and, in collaboration with other departments at the University, allows for research in a number of disciplines including environmental science, environmental policy, and environmental sociology. 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 Ph.D., students must complete a major research project publishable in a peer-reviewed journal. A minimum of 90 credits is required beyond the bachelor’s degree; 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 guidance of a faculty advisor. In addition to a qualifying entrance examination, the Ph.D. 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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