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Coastal Sciences PhD

Type
PhD (ISCED 2011 level 8)
Language

English

Cost Residents USD $8,896, Non-residents USD $10,896

The School of Ocean Science and Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Coastal Sciences with specialization in a wide range of research fields including benthic ecology, biological modeling, coastal ecology, conservation genetics, fish ecology, fisheries, landscape ecology, marine aquaculture, marine microbiology, marine toxicology, and microbial ecology. Graduate students receive focused academic and hands-on training in a variety of marine-based fields. Students can declare one of four emphasis areas: Aquaculture, Aquatic Health Sciences, Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Processes, or Fisheries and Fisheries Oceanography.    

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in Coastal Sciences is to prepare students for nationally recognized postdoctoral programs or careers with academic institutions, industry, and government agencies at the state and federal level.  

Course Requirements (54 or 84 hours)

Students entering the Ph.D. program with a M.S. degree are required to complete 54 hours in the following program of study:

  • COA 791 - Research in Coastal Sciences (16 hours)
  • COA 898 - Dissertation (12 hours)
  • Research Tools – determined by major professor and graduate advisory committee (15 hours)
  • Electives  – determined by major professor and graduate advisory committee (11 hours)
    • COA 791, 797 and 898 do not count as electives or research tools.

 

Students entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. degree are required to complete 84 hours in the following program of study:

  • COA 791 - Research in Coastal Sciences (28 hours)
  • COA 898 - Dissertation (12 hours)
  • Research Tools  – determined by major professor and graduate advisory committee (15 hours)
  • Electives  – determined by major professor and graduate advisory committee (29 hours)
    • COA 791, 797, and 898 do not count as electives or research tools. 

Prerequisites

In addition to meeting the Admission Requirements and Procedures, the applicant to the Doctor of Philosophy program must submit:

  1. Official transcript(s) from undergraduate and graduate institutions. Regular admission to the Ph.D. degree program requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on all graduate coursework (if starting with a master's degree) or all undergraduate coursework (if starting with a bachelor's degree).
  2. Official results of the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  3. Three letters of recommendation from people qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study. 
  4. A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  5. A statement of purpose stating interests and career goals. The letter of intent is used as a sample of the applicant's writing and communication skills, and provides information concerning the compatibility of the applicant's interests with departmental research interests. Applicants should consult the Coastal Sciences faculty directory and contact potential faculty mentors prior to submitting an application. Applicants should list potential faculty mentors in their statement.

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