The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree may be preceded by graduate education in environmental science or another discipline. The program requires preparation of a research proposal, passage of a qualifying examination and general examination, completion of the dissertation research and a presentation of the research at a final examination.

Course requirements are flexible, though a minimum of two years of residence at the University of Washington is required. Students interested in the PhD should contact individual faculty members to request information on current research and graduate opportunities. In general, students applying directly to the PhD should already have a master’s degree in a related field. View the Ph.D. Program of Study Form and the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Form.

Prepare and apply for the Ph.D. program at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Course Requirements

  • Orientation
    • SEFS 500 (one credit) Graduate Orientation Seminar
  • Social and Natural Sciences Applied to Natural Resource and Environmental Issues
    • SEFS 509 (three credits) Analysis of Research Problems
  • Disciplinary Knowledge
    • 400-500 level: Approved by committee (10 credits plus one additional course)
  • Research Design and Quantitative Analysis
    • 400-500 level: Approved by committee (eight credits plus one additional course)
  • Current Topics
    • 500 level: Topics vary from year to year (two credits plus one additional course)
  • Dissertation Research
    • SEFS 800 (27 credits)
  • Electives
    • Other courses or research credits (24 to 36 credits)
  • 90 Credits Total

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