Frequently Asked Questions, ESE Program

  • What does the D. Env Represent?

    The D. Env stands for “Doctor of Environmental Science and Engineering” a Professional Doctoral Degree, it is unique, the only Professional Doctorate in the Nation. Unlike the traditional Ph.D. the D. Env degree trains students to work in non-traditional laboratory research rather with “hands on” practical training while conducting an off-campus doctoral internship with Government, Public and Non-Profit Agencies, Private Consulting Agencies and NGOs.

  • What are the basic requirements for admission?

    A master’s degree in the areas of science, engineering or public health is required. Prerequisites needed for admission are: one year of introductory biology (with laboratory), general chemistry (with laboratory, including analytical methods), calculus, introductory physics (with laboratory); one course statistics, organic chemistry (no laboratory required).

  • Is the GRE Required?

    The General GRE Test is required.

  • What type of research is performed?

    During the second year in the Program, students work on campus with a faculty mentor conducting “Problems Course” research. A written report or peer reviewed publication is the result of the research.

  • What is the nature of the Internship experience leading to the completion of the Dissertation?

    After completing all course work, successfully passing the written and oral qualifying exams (Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy) students embark on their Doctoral Internship. These Host Institutions include: private consulting firms, non-profit organizations, government and NGOs. Interns work on environmental problems addressing environmental science and policy. They work closely with their doctoral committee and the host institution to develop a topic suitable for their dissertation.

  • What happens after completion of the degree?

    ESE Students have excellent success with multiple employment offers in both public and private sectors.

  • How long does it take to graduate?

    Graduates have completed the degree within 4-6 years. On-campus requirements are 2 years. The internship and writing of the dissertation usually takes 18 to 36 months.

ESE News

IoES Researchers Fight a Salamander Apocalypse

North America’s salamanders could soon face an apocalypse — from a deadly pathogen making its way here through the pet trade.

But who’s leading the charge to protect them through quick action? ESE doctoral student Tiffany Yap, who credits the program with helping her interdisciplinary approach to the problem — and the frame for her new article in Science that’s getting lots of press. Read more »

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2014-2015 Fellowship Awardees

Charles F. Scott Fellowship
Tiffany Ann Yap

Dissertation Year Fellowship
Shannon Louise Leavey
Setal Sridhar Prabhu
Amity Gayle Zimmer-Faust

Dr. Ursula Mandel Fellowship

Michelle Angela Thompson

Malcolm R. Stacey Fellowship

Kazue Kelly Chinen
Michelle Angela Thompson

National Water Research Institute

Khadeeja Abdullah