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Arid Lands Resource Sciences, Ph.D.

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University rank #262 (QS) , AZ,
The mission of the Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS) program is to provide an academic environment in which to examine the economic, ecological and social factors which determine the long-term sustainable use of arid and semiarid lands.

About

The Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at The University of Arizona leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS). The program prepares students for careers in both academic and non-academic settings. Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, The University of Arizona provides a unique interdisciplinary environment as well as a natural living laboratory for the study of arid and semi-arid lands. These dynamic lands encompass nearly one-third of the Earth’s total land surface and embody one-fifth of its total population. Increasing pressures on these considerable and important regions demand increased attention be given to the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural factors that affect them. ALRS is a unique interdisciplinary doctoral program aimed at addressing the complex problems of sustainability of arid lands.

The breadth of research opportunities ALRS PhD program provides can be recognized through the research performed by its graduates and current students. Some of these areas include international development; famine, famine early warning systems, and food security; land use, history, change, degradation, desertification, management, and policy; sustainable agriculture and farming systems; remote sensing and spatial analysis; carbon sequestration; political-ecology of natural resources; ethnoecology and other ethno-sciences; economic and agricultural policy and development; economic botany; borderlands issues; globalization; civil conflict; and urban development as they relate to the arid and semi-arid lands of the world

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

CORE CURRICULUM

The common core curriculum provides a base from which all students can proceed to more detailed studies in their selected areas of research interests. The core curriculum required of all students consists of 16 (sixteen) units in the following courses. 

  • The Arid and Semiarid Lands
  • Physical Aspects of Arid Lands
  • Arid Lands Current Research
  • Natural & Human Impacts on Arid Lands
  • Use and Management of Arid Lands

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY REQUIREMENT

ALRS students are required to take at least one research methodology course relevant to the student’s research. An appropriate research methodology course should be identified during the student’s Qualifying Exam.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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    550

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A completed Graduate College application form for admission

  • One official transcript from each university/college attended

  • A $75.00 application fee

  • Graduate Records Examination scores no more than five years old

  • A minimum of three letters of reference

  • A curriculum vitae, giving name, date and place of birth, resume of professional work with dates of employment and identification of all previous and present employers, membership in professional organizations, academic awards, professional honors, and any other pertinent information that may be useful to the committee in evaluating your qualifications for the degree program.

Tuition Fee

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    1729 USD/module
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  • National

    812 USD/module
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
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