Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 36 credits, with at least 24 credits of coursework and 12 credits of MEES899. At least 12 credits of coursework must be at the 600 level or above. Up to 16 credits of courses can be waived by petition if the student has completed a M.S. degree.


The student must complete a minimum of 36 credits, with at least 24 credits of course work and 12 credits of dissertation research. Twelve credits of course work must be at the 600 level or above. Coursework completed to fulfill a Master's degree can be applied against this requirement, up to a maximum of 16 credits. Required course work includes

  1. one seminar course (MEES608 or equivalent) is required for each year in residence (on average);
  2. one approved Statistics course (600 level or higher);
  3. one graduate course representing significant interdisciplinary breadth, outside the student's specialization;
  4. one course or seminar in management, ethics or philosophy of science.


Formal application for Advancement to Candidacy for the doctoral degree requires successful completion of both a Comprehensive Examination (written and oral components) and an oral Defense of the Dissertation Proposal. The Comprehensive Examination must be passed before the student can defend the Dissertation Proposal. An Oral Defense of the Dissertation will be conducted by the Advisory Committee and will be administered once all other degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
Coursework must include the following:24
Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences
One approved statistics course
One graduate course outside of the chosen specialization
One course or seminar in Environmental Management
Dissertation Reseach Requirement
MEES899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits36