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Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
The ESPM Ph.D. program incorporates two general approaches:broadly based interdisciplinary education, and disciplinary education in relevant fields supplemented with exposure to cross-disciplinary communication and problem solving.
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The Ph.D. program consists of four interrelated components: disciplinary emphasis, an area of specialization, research methods, and breadth requirement. The course work program is developed by the Guiding Committee in conjunction with the student’s needs and interests and approved by the Graduate Advisor to assure that it provides preparation for the qualifying examination and the research program.

  • Disciplinary Emphasis. The disciplinary emphasis focuses on the broadest academic area from ESPM’s three divisions-- Ecosystem Sciences, Organisms & Environment, Society & Environment—that encompasses the student’s interests. A student pursuing a strongly interdisciplinary program may include in-depth study of more than one of these disciplines.
  • Area of Specialization. The area of specialization is a narrower field within the disciplinary emphasis. Some examples might be: Microbial Community Ecology, Ecosystem Function, American Environmental History & Policy, International Forest Management, Biogeochemistry, Mediterranean Grassland Ecosystems, Remote Sensing, and Forest Management
  • Research Methods. Candidates for the Ph.D. must demonstrate competence in research techniques appropriate for both the disciplinary emphasis and area of specialization. Preparation in this field must include experimental design, sampling design, estimation, and hypothesis testing.
  • Breadth Requirement. Each student’s program must include course work addressing human and ecosystem processes and the relationship between them. All students must complete the required core courses listed below. While in residence, doctoral students in the natural sciences must also complete one additional course in the application of social science to environmental problems; doctoral students in the social sciences must complete one additional course in the biological or physical sciences. The Guiding Committee will determine the level of the additional course based on the student’s background and experience. The course must be a minimum of two graduate units or three upper division undergraduate units and taken for a letter grade unless offered on an S/U or P/F basis only.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Each doctoral student in ESPM will be required to take three core courses.
    • Research Approaches in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    • Environmental Forum
    • Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Colloquium

    Doctoral students will also be required to complete a minimum of 6 units in their Area of Specialization. The Guiding Committee and the student’s Graduate Advisor will approve the selection of appropriate courses to meet this requirement. Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to present the results of their research in an appropriate seminar setting in ESPM, the College of Natural Resources, or a closely related department on campus. 

    English Language Requirements

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    General Requirements

    • Three letters of recommendation are required

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      33958 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
    • National

      33958 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
    • In-State

      18856 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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    Living costs for Berkeley

    • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
      Living Costs

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