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NREM PhD Degree Program

NREM Graduate student in Forestry

Students Applying to PhD Program

Admission to Ph.D. after finishing NREM M.S.

An NREM Ph.D. student who also completed his or her M.S. in NREM and has subsequently been accepted into the NREM Ph.D. program has the option to take directed reading (NREM 699) for half of the required elective credits (12 of the 24) if NREM courses that are applicable to the student’s degree have already been taken as part of the M.S. degree plan. At least 6 of the non-NREM 699 credits must be for graduate research methods courses. Also, the student is still required to take all 7 credits of NREM Ph.D. core classes. In the case where a student took some/all of these core credits as electives during their M.S. degree program, an equivalent number of 600-level credits (but not NREM 699) must be taken.

Admission to Ph.D. without finishing NREM M.S.

A currently enrolled NREM M.S. student can be admitted into NREM’s Ph.D. program prior to completing their M.S. degree if ALL of the following criteria are met:

    1. Unanimous approval by the student’s M.S. committee
    2. Record of excellent academic achievement including, at a minimum:
      • Maintaining a GPA >3.5 in the M.S. NREM program
    3. The student has the proven ability to undertake independent research, which can be demonstrated by ALL of the following:
      • Authored/co-authored (student as 1st author) a minimum of 1 presentation at a national or international professional conference
      • Authored/co-authored (student as 1st author) a minimum of 1 peer reviewed journal article
      • Accrued at least 2 years of meaningful research experience at school, jobs etc.

Admission to Ph.D. from B.S.

A student with only a B.S. degree can be admitted directly into NREM’s Ph.D. program if ALL of the following criteria are met:

    1. A faculty member agrees to advise the student and commits to at least 3 years of funding
    2. Record of excellent academic achievement including, at a minimum:
      • Undergraduate GPA >3.5
      • Average verbal, quantitative and written GRE scores >75th percentile
    3. The student has the proven ability to undertake independent research, which can bedemonstrated by ALL of the following:
      • Authored/co-authored (student as 1st author) a minimum of 1 presentation at a national or international professional conference
      • Authored/co-authored (student as 1st author) a minimum of 1 peer reviewed journal article
      • Accrued at least 2 years of meaningful research experience at school, jobs, or internships

For additional information, refer to the Graduate Student Guide.