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.
- 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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