WSU Graduate School requirements for admission must be met, including a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate academic coursework.
Specific requirements for School of the Environment Ph.D. programs include:
- a TOEFL score of 600 (Paper-Based), 250 (Computer-Based), or 100 (Internet-Based) for students with English as a second language.
- Completion of a Master’s degree (or equivalent)
- Admission to the program without subject matter deficiency requires at least 10 semester credits of completed coursework in basic biological and/or physical sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology).
- Students may be admitted with deficiency with the expectation that the deficiency will be met through completed coursework (for non-graduate program credit) within one year of admission.
- Obtaining and being accepted by a School of the Environment faculty advisor prior to admission. Arrangements for a faculty advisor should be made through interaction between the student and the faculty member. The initial contact may be made either by the applicant or the faculty member.
Program Committee & Advisor
Students must identify a member of the graduate faculty in SoE who agrees to serve as their graduate advisor. Together the advisor and student will select a committee consisting of at least three graduate faculty members.
At the doctoral level, the committee also has the responsibility for the Ph.D. preliminary examination and the qualifying examination for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Each student is required to pass a preliminary examination in order to become a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.
This examination will be taken after most of the required course work has been completed, as determined by the thesis committee, and upon submission of a dissertation research proposal. It will consist of written and oral parts which will focus on the student’s major area of competency, courses taken, and the subject matter of the proposed research.
Dissertation & Final Examination
The final examination will be a defense of the dissertation. All students are required to present a seminar to the faculty and public on their dissertation research.
Because a student only has five working days after defending their thesis to turn in the final version to the Graduate School, all changes must be addressed prior to defending their thesis in the final exam.
Consequently, your committee members need to have read your thesis prior to scheduling a thesis defense date. This means committee members should receive copies of your thesis at least 14 days before scheduling the final exam.
Depending on your advisor and your writing ability, you should generally allow for three to four weeks for addressing the rough draft comments.
One copy should be available in the main office for others to review 10 days before your scheduled defense. Submit this digitally to email@example.com and CC your graduate student coordinator.