University of Vermont

RSENR doctoral program

Ph.D. in Natural Resources

Doctoral student releases birdThe Rubenstein School offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Natural Resources. As a a multi-disciplinary academic unit, the School strives to integrate disparate disciplines to enhance knowledge and develop solutions to an array of environmental issues. Faculty expertise includes forestry, wildlife biology, recreation management, aquatic sciences, watershed management, environmental sciences, environmental philosophy, sociology, policy, planning, economics, and conflict resolution.

In addition, interdisciplinary fields such as conservation biology, ecological economics, and ecological design find their home in the Rubenstein School. Through strong relationships with a network of conservation organizations, the program establishes a solid curricular base to support academic leadership in conservation. Doctoral students can also earn a Certificate in Ecological Economics as part of their Ph.D. program. Students in the Doctoral Program move toward both academic and professional careers.

Doctoral Research and Scholarship

The Doctoral Program in Natural Resources provides an opportunity for both in-depth and interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of environment. Students work with faculty on national and international issues ranging from very focused studies on tree tissue responses to anthropogenic pollutants in the Northeast to ecosystem service valuation in the Amazon Basin.

Two specific emphases of the program come from the strongly held values of the faculty and are fairly unique among doctoral programs nationwide:

  • supervised teaching experience along with a course in higher education pedagogy
  • cross-cultural competency requirement.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with a Master of Science degree are preferred.

Other admission requirements include:

  • satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination
  • acceptability to a potential faculty advisor holding an appointment in the Rubenstein School and the UVM Graduate College.


For more information about the Rubenstein School Doctoral Program, contact Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner, RSENR graduate program student services specialist at cgoodwin@uvm.edu or 802-656-2511.

Last modified July 22 2014 01:11 PM