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Doctor of Philosophy

All students working for the Ph.D. degree must satisfy the general requirements as listed in the SSE Graduate Handbook.  The master’s degree is not a requirement for the Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Candidates must demonstrate a high degree of creative or research ability and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Pass a qualifying examination during the fourth semester
  • Complete at least 48 semester hours of course work approved by the graduate advisor
  • Form a dissertation committee and present a dissertation prospectus that will serve as a guideline for dissertation
  • Present an original contribution in the form of a written dissertation suitable for publication in a learned journal and successfully defend it in a public oral defense of the work

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