The program is jointly centered in the departments of Ecology (College of Letters and Sciences) and Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (College of Agriculture), but is also specifically open to students and faculty mentors in other MSU departments and colleges who undertake relevant doctoral study such as the College of Nursing.
Prospective students are requested to submit a preliminary application for a department and faculty advisor.
EES doctoral students will be affiliated with a home department that corresponds to that of their major faculty advisor. Some specific graduate program criteria, procedures, and processes vary among departments; students will follow those of their home department, which are also consistent with policies set forth by the Division of Graduate Education.
Students may undertake the Ph.D. following completion of a Master’s degree, or exceptional students may apply directly following completion of a suitable bachelor degree. An appropriate faculty mentor must agree to serve as the student's major advisor as a condition of admission. Stipend and operations funding are generally from research grants and contracts awarded to faculty members, but graduate teaching assistantships and other forms of support are also available on a limited basis.
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Because of the substantial diversity in disciplinary and multidisciplinary foci within the EES doctoral program, there is no universal required core curriculum. The student's individual coursework program will be developed in partnership with the major advisor and graduate committee, and must be consistent with the home department and Division of Graduate Education (DGE) guidelines and requirements. A minimum of 30 credits of resident coursework must be taken from MSU.
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