Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The objectives of the PhD degree are:
- to attain the highest level of scholarship and independent research in one of the three subject matter areas within the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management,
- to conduct original research in a scholarly manner which represents a significant contribution to knowledge within the scope of the Department’s programs, and
- to develop a proficiency in a basic scientific discipline in relation to one of the Department's subject matter areas.
The PhD candidate must develop and demonstrate the ability to conceive and conduct independent research. The degree is designed to produce a scientist proficient in scientific principles and capable of academic teaching and/or scholarly research.
Following admission to residency, even if course work and thesis research have been initiated, full acceptance in the PhD program requires passing the Candidacy Examination early in the residency period. The student must be registered during the semester that the Candidacy Exam is administered.