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Admissions to the EES Doctoral Program

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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.  

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 Graduate School. 
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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Full Admissions Procedures

The full admission process for a doctoral degree is not the same for each department at this time. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences are expected to be familiar with the degree requirements of both their home department and the Graduate School.

An appropriate faculty mentor must agree to serve as the student's major advisor as a condition of admission in the Department of Ecology. The Information Summary for Prospective Graduate Students is used to aid the applicant in finding an advisor. It is recommended that a potential agreement for support with an advisor is reached before beginning the full application process.  If a full application is requested by a faculty member, please list Ecology as part of the degree choice information provided in the online application with the Graduate School.

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing the EES doctoral degree through the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department (LRES) should submit their application materials to the the Graduate School and LRES. The application should specify the desired area(s) of study to facilitate its full evaluation by faculty members in the desired field(s).

Those interested in pursuing their degree with another department at MSU should follow the application process for that department and the Graduate School as advised by the faculty sponsor.