The research-based doctoral program at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) has two primary tracks: Resource Ecology and Management (natural science focus) and Resource Policy and Behavior (social science focus). Students may choose between a highly specialized course of study or one that broadly addresses complex, interdisciplinary issues.
It is strongly recommended that Ph.D. applicants contact SEAS faculty members prior to submitting an application. It is important to establish a connection with faculty members to discuss mutual research areas. These interactions are helpful in determining fit with our faculty and SEAS community. Faculty research profiles and their contact information can be found here. If you need assistance identifying a faculty member to connect with, please email email@example.com.
Each student's course of study is tailored to their scholarly interests and guided by their faculty chair and committee. Broad areas of specialization reflect the expertise and research interests of faculty.
The doctoral program's goal is to develop the creative abilities of exceptional students, thereby training them for independent work that contributes to original research and scholarship at the forefront of their chosen fields. Students will become leaders in research, teaching and training others, and developing the scientific knowledge base needed to formulate policies and practices that help sustain natural resources.
- Upon admission, you are assigned an advisor and faculty member(s) to serve on your interim Guidance Committee.
- In your first year, you prepare a "course of study" document that will guide your coursework and scholarly development.
- By the end of your second year, you will complete your qualifying exam and advance to doctoral candidacy.
- By the end of your fifth semester, you will submit your full dissertation proposal.
- By the end of your fifth year, you will defend your dissertation.
Your PhD will be granted by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The school's Doctoral Handbook provides key information, such as a timeline and outline of expectations and requirements. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.