Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD)

The guidelines listed below detail the general requirements for the PhD degree in Forest Resources (FR) or Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (WFB):

  • GRE:  All Doctoral applicants must take or have taken the Graduate Record Examination within the past five years.
  • One degree from another institution or department is highly desirable.
  • Course Work and Program Requirements: 
    • Applicants for the PhD in FR must have completed a Master of Science degree or be granted an exception by the faculty.
    • For both FR and WFB PhD degrees, 60 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree or 30 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree are required.
    • A language requirement or a minor is left to the discretion of the advisory committee.
    • A preliminary research plan is prepared early in the program by the student’s advisory committee.
  • Examinations:
    • A preliminary (FR) or comprehensive (WFB) examination is administered near the completion of the course work; this two-part written and oral exam admits the student candidacy.  It covers subject matter and is knowledge-based.
    • A final defense of dissertation is required; this final exam is focused on the research dissertation only and consists of a public presentation and a committee-based oral examination.
  • Completion:  The PhD must be completed within 5 years of the successful preliminary/comprehensive candidacy exam.


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