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NREM PhD Degree Program

NREM Graduate student in Forestry

The PhD degree in NREM is awarded only to students with outstanding scholarly achievement. Applicants for the PhD program are expected to have an MS degree. However, PhD standing may be provisionally granted to applicants with a BS degree if they have a strong academic record (i.e., Honors), research experience (i.e., prior scientific publication(s)) and high GRE scores. These applicants may still be required to obtain an MS degree in NREM before formal admission to PhD candidacy. Those with academic records that do not match NREM core requirements will be expected to incorporate these into their PhD program. In addition, to meet the integrative, multi-disciplinary intent of this program, a set of graduate level courses (Primary PhD Core) will be required of every student regardless of his/her selected specialization area. In addition, a set of electives will also be required. These electives are meant to provide background in research methods and depth in the student’s specialization area. The remaining degree requirements will be met by dissertation credits (NREM 800). All PhD students must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Examination (described below) before being advanced to candidacy. The student’s dissertation committee is responsible for designing and administering the Comprehensive Examination.

Primary Ph.D. Core (7 Cr)

  • NREM 611 Resource and Environmental Policy (3)
  • NREM 612 Predicting and Controlling Degradation in Human-Dominated Terrestrial Ecosystems (3)
  • NREM 701 Research Seminar in NREM (1)

Electives (24 Cr)

  • Graduate research methods (6)
  • NREM graduate courses (9)
  • Other graduate courses for specialization from within or outside of NREM (9); a maximum of 6 credits of upper-division undergraduate course credits (400-level) allowed.

Dissertation (1 Cr)

  • NREM 800 Dissertation (1)

Comprehensive Examination

PhD candidates must pass a two-part (written and oral) Comprehensive Examination upon completion of the required core courses and electives, and before being advanced to candidacy. The student’s dissertation committee is responsible for designing and carrying out the Comprehensive Examination, which follows the preparation of the dissertation proposal. The examination is to cover all the subjects deemed essential to the selected specialization area, and to verify the student’s preparedness for carrying out the proposed dissertation research. Each member of the dissertation committee will submit a set of questions for the written portion of the examination. Therefore, the number of specific fields represented in these questions is up to the members of the dissertation committee. The oral portion will follow as soon as possible after the written portion of the Comprehensive Examination.

For additional information, refer to the Graduate Student Guide.