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Advisor and Committee

Students will only be admitted to the ECS program once an Advisor has been selected.  The Graduate Advisory Committee will consist of at least four members of the NDSU graduate faculty. The Committee must include the student's adviser, two additional ECS faculty members, and an appointee of the Graduate School. One committee member must be from outside the student's academic department. The plan of study will be prepared by the student, in consultation with the major adviser, by the end of the first year in residence. The plan shall be approved by the student's Graduate Advisory Committee, the Environmental Science Steering Committee, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Graduate School Dean according to the regulations outlined in the NDSU Graduate Bulletin.


1. For the Ph.D., the written Preliminary Examination will cover the core areas for the ECS program and courses from the appropriate tracks. The preliminary examination will typically be taken in the middle of the third year. The written exam must be passed before the comprehensive oral examination can be scheduled.

2. The comprehensive Oral Examination will typically be taken by the end of the third year in residence. The examination will cover the topic areas for the appropriate trac

Dissertation Research

A proposal describing research suitable for preparation of a dissertation in Environmental and Conservation Sciences will be prepared in the format of a NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant. Alternative formats must be agreed to by the Graduate Advisory Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the student's Graduate Advisory Committee for review and approval. The dissertation must show originality and demonstrate the student's capacity for independent research.
Follow the link to the NDSU Graduate School for information on requirements for graduate study at NDSU.


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