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Ph.D Natural Resources (Fire Sciences & Management)

Fire Sciences and Management, Ph.D.

The Ph.D program in Fire Sciences and Management stress interdisciplinary research and the understanding and management of natural resources in a broad context.

Ph.D students must earn a minimum of 78 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, with at least 52 credits in the 500 level courses or above and 33 credit hours in courses other than 600 level courses.

Application Information
If you are interested in graduate study in fire sciences, or a related program, you should reach out to professors who teach and conduct research in their specific interest area. Once the application and forms are completed they are to be routed to the Graduate Admissions Office for review. Faculty members generally offer a project stipend and agree to act as a major professor for the student; if successful the applicant will be accepted into the graduate program.
Details and Guidelines
  • Completed application
  • Statement of career objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Area of Emphasis form
  • Official GRE scores (no subject area GRE tests are required)
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and/or universities previously attended
Financial Aid
Financial assistance within the program is largely in the form of graduate assistantships funded by individual research projects or teaching assistantships. Graduate student support is arranged between the major professor and the student. Graduate programs usually involve field work, data analysis, class work, a final thesis or dissertation, and a defense.

What You'll Learn
At the graduate level, you'll work closely with your advisor to focus your graduate course work in an area of specialization or in an area that will help you in your chosen career path. To give you an idea, our Ph.D. students have focused their studies in a variety of areas, including:

Fire Sciences and Management 
  • Fire Effects & Recovery
  • Fire Behavior
  • Fuels Management
  • Biophysical Control of Fire & Fire Regimes
  • Air Quality & Smoke Management
  • Fire History
  • Fire Ecology