Enrollment Requirements

All potential Environmental Dynamics students will apply to the Graduate School for admission, and must meet all Graduate School requirements. In addition, the ENDY program may require additional information to determine the appropriateness and suitability of applicants for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Dymamics.

Applicants are generally required to have earned a master's degree in an environmental field such as Anthropology, Geography, Geology, Biological Science, or other allied subject prior to admission into the ENDY program. Further, applicants should have at least a 3.2 GPA in graduate courses and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (NOTE: applicants with GRE verbal + quantitative scores less than 300 are rarely admitted).

All applicants are on an equal footing with regard to placement and funding within the Environmental Dynamics program and admission into the Environmental Dynamics program is by committee evaluation.

Applicants without a masters degree but with exceptionally strong qualifications may be admitted to the Ph.D. program at the discretion of the Environmental Dynamics steering committee. Students without a master's degree are expected to complete that degree either before they can be considered for the doctoral program or, if accepted with a BA/BS degree, as a first step under the ENDY program.

Individually tailored programs of study are designed with the expectation that the student will complete a minimum of 24 hours of course work beyond the master's level, to include ENDY 6013: Environmental Dynamics, ENDY 5113: Global Change, and ENDY 5053: Quaternary Environments or ENDY 6033: Society and Environment, plus three semesters of ENDY 6991: Colloquium.

An additional 18 hours of dissertation research beyond the 24 hours of course work are also required.  Dissertations in the ENDY program are based on original, innovative ideas and are expected to contribute significantly to knowledge of human interactions within the environment.

For more information on policies and procedures of the ENDY program, view the ENDY Handbook.