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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Sciences (PhD)

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Program Requirements

Complete at least 60 credits from 13 or more courses including two core courses, one skills course, one ethics course, one School for the Environment seminar, 18 credits of dissertation research, and 25 to 26 credits of electives.

Doctoral candidacy: Completion of written & oral qualifying exams by the end of the sixth semester. If the presentation and successful defense of the dissertation do not take place within five years of admission to candidacy, the candidate must repeat the comprehensive examination.
Dissertation: Compose and defense a dissertation based on original research.

En Route Master’s Degree: Students may, with the approval of the program director, apply to receive an MS degree en route to the PhD. To qualify, students must complete the core course requirements and comprehensive examinations.

Minimum grade: No courses with grade below B can be applied to the program. Students who earn B- in two courses will be considered no longer in good standing and may be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade below C in any graduate course will be dismissed from the program.
Grading basis: Courses must be taken graded unless the course is only offered on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required from all courses applied toward the program.
Residency: Graduate course credits earned at another institution, as a non-degree student, or in another department may only be applied to the program with approval from the dissertation committee and graduate program director.
Course level: No more than one course taken at UMass Boston at the 300/400-level may be applied toward the program with approval of the thesis/project advisor and graduate program director.
Statute of limitations: Ten years.

Course Requirements

Skills Course (3 or 4 Credits)

Complete one from below.

Another course may be taken with approval of the student’s dissertation committee.

Ethics Course (1 Credit)

School for the Environment Seminar (4 Credits)

All PhD students must attend seminar each week throughout their enrollment in the program but will receive no more than 4 credits for seminar.

Dissertation Research (18 Credits)

PhD students must complete 18 credits of dissertation research.  More than 18 credits may be taken but only 18 will be applied to the degree.

Electives (25 or 26 Credits)

Complete 28 credits of additional courses and research hours in order to reach the 60 credits required for the program.

Students may select from any of the courses above not already taken or from 600-level or higher courses approved by their faculty mentor.

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