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Environmental Sciences, PhD

Environmental science is a metadiscipline integrating the natural and social sciences. The School for the Environment is nationally recognized for its preparation of PhD-level environmental professionals whose  research and integrated understanding of human-natural systems advances discovery and innovation in climate change research, sustainability and conservation science, policy analysis and formulation, coupled system modelling, and detection technologies.

Application Deadlines:

Deadlines: January 15 , October 15 for spring 
Letters of Recommendation: 3
Other: Faculty advisor commitment

What You Can Take

Current students should refer to the PhD student handbook of the year in which they enrolled in the program.

The PhD in Environmental Sciences is a research-based degree wherein students are expected to generate new and original knowledge in their area of study. 

Learning Objectives for this program can be viewed here.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Program Faculty

Program Contact

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