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M.S./Ph.D. Environmental Science

The director of the National Science Foundation has stated, "For the twenty-first century, our goal must be to understand, and learn to keep in balance, the bio-complexity of all of Earth's ecosystems." This charge will require scientists trained both in disciplinary fields and in inter- and multi-disciplinary areas such as environmental science. The University of Idaho has developed a graduate program in environmental science to provide students with an understanding of the complexity of environmental problems, and an integrated and coherent approach to solving them.

EnvS graduate students can emphasize a broad range of topics through our flexible curriculum:

Biological Science/Ecology
Physical Science
Natural Resource Management
Earth Science/Hydrology
Waste Management
Policy and Law
Environmental Health/Toxicology

Admissions

Incoming students for Fall 2014 have been selected. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2015 admission. 

Admission to the graduate program is based on the compatibility of the student’s research interests with those of the major professor, the availability of research support, and the student’s academic record and potential. Assistantships are open to domestic and international students who are regularly enrolled students in the College of Graduate Studies. Both teaching and research positions are available. Applicants to the Environmental Science graduate program do not have to apply for assistantship positions, but are automatically considered based on available funding.

Program Requirements

The master's student develops a graduate program of at least 30 semester hours in consultation with his or her major professor and supervisory committee. The student is expected to actively participate in one or more seminar presentations during the course of his or her graduate career.

The doctoral student develops a graduate program of at least 78 semester hours in consultation with his or her major professor and supervisory committee. The student is expected to actively participate in one or more seminar presentations during the course of his or her graduate career. 

Teaching experience is required for the Ph.D. and is obtained through participation in the department’s teaching program. A preliminary examination is required prior to admission to final candidacy for the degree. All candidates prepare a formal dissertation reflecting original thought and independent investigation and defend it during an oral presentation as a final step toward their degree. Publication in the peer-reviewed, scientific literature is expected.

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Quick Facts

Required Credits: 30 for the M.S., 78 for the Ph.D.

Minimum GPA for Admission: 3.0 for the M.S., 3.3 for the Ph.D.

GRE: not required, but recommended if you would like a research or teaching assistantship

Background: a degree in environmental science or a related field