University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Natural Resources (Doctor of Philosophy)


The Ph.D. program provides the opportunity for focused, in-depth research in any of the specialties of the school, while fostering an interdisciplinary appreciation and perspective through course work and interactions with ecological, physical, and social scientists in an integrated academic setting. Students can develop programs in areas such as pollution ecology, recreation and tourism, conservation biology, and environmental policy, as well as any of the traditional natural resource disciplines featured in our Master's program. In addition, formal course work and practical experience in college-level teaching are an important component of the doctoral curriculum.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. Acceptability to a potential faculty advisor holding an appointment in The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Graduate College. Applicants with a Master of Science degree are preferred.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

It is ordinarily expected that a student will complete the following requirements for advancement to candidacy prior to the end of the second year in the program: (1) one year of full-time graduate study in residence at The University of Vermont; (2) at least twelve credits of research; (3) at least fifteen credits of course work at the graduate level acceptable to the student's Studies Committee; (4) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination; (5) delivery of a public proposal seminar; and (6) a dissertation proposal accepted by the student's Studies Committee.

Minimum Degree Requirements

After advancing to candidacy, a student must (1) present at least 75 credits in approved course work and research, including not less than 20 and not more than 36 credits in research; (2) have a reading knowledge of a foreign language or an experience living in or working with another foreign or domestic culture (approved by the RSENR Graduate Standards Committee); (3) complete their teaching requirement satisfactorily; and (4) satisfactorily complete and defend their dissertation.



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