60 months
33600 USD/year
33600 USD/year
13400 USD/year
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With the Environmental Science program from University of Arizona, students will be prepared for careers in business and industry, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and private consulting firms. Many Ph.D. students obtain faculty positions at colleges and universities.

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Key Features

The UA Department of Environmental Science , ENVS, offers graduate work leading to Ph.D. degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Science. Two tracks are offered, "Environmental Science" or "Soil and Water Science". In addition to the major, each Ph.D. student must complete a minor, which can be intra- or interdepartmental. Many, if not most, ENVS graduate students enroll in several non-ENVS courses as part of their program. This reflects the multi-disciplinary characteristics of the ENVS program in general, and also that a minor is required for all Ph.D. students. The most frequently used outside courses are in Chemistry, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, and Microbiology.

Once enrolled in the Environmental Science program from University of Arizona, students may concurrently pursue a Graduate Certificate in Water Policy. There is flexibility in both course selection and schedule, to meet the specific needs and interests of a variety of students. The program is interdisciplinary.

The department also offers two dual degree options:  the Master of Science in Soil, Water and Environmental Science and a Master of Arts in Journalism; and a dual Ph.D. in Soil, Water and Environmental Science and MBA from the Eller College of Management.  Graduates with the dual MS/MA degrees would be able to make important contributions not only to discussions within news organizations about the ways in which information about science should be gathered and evaluated, but also discussions in the fields of science and journalism about the ways in which this information influences public perceptions and public policy, and therefore the effects of science on society.  Those with the dual Ph.D./MBA would be prepared for science-related careers in industry and government that require understanding of development, production and regulation, as well as skills in management and leadership.

The ENVS department strongly supports attendance at professional meetings. Student presentations at meetings and student publications are likewise encouraged. Numerous workshops on topics ranging from the Internet to scientific writing are regularly available.

In addition to graduate student-sponsored activities, various departmental events, such as departmental picnics and weekly seminars, provide students with opportunities to meet and socialize with colleagues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental biology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental physics
  • Sustainable Management of Arid Lands and Salt-Affected Soils 
  • Nutrient Dynamics in Soils 
  • Modeling of Mass and Energy Flow in Soils 
  • Scientific Writing for Environmental, Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Microbial Biogeochemistry and Global Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • ALL applicants must be accepted for admission to both The Department of Environmental Science and The University of Arizona Graduate College.  Minimum eligiblity requirements for admission to The Graduate College include completion of a bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree and a 3.000 grade point average on a 4.000 grade scale.
  • An official on-line application for admission to the UA Graduate College.
  • Letter of Intent (one to two page letter specifying your area of interest and goals).
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters should be printed on letterhead and submitted electronically.       

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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