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ESGP Handbook and Degree Requirements

The current ESGP degree requirements listed here are in addition to those of The Graduate School Please see The Graduate School Handbook on The Graduate School website for the OSU degree requirements.

Please refer to the complete PDF iconESGP Handbook [pdf] for more details.

The Master of Science Degree in ESGP

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in the ESGP is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in the various fields of environmental science and opportunities to learn how to design and carry out research or other scholarly activities. Students may follow either of two programs, thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis (Plan B), and are guided by their advisors and committees.

Major components of the M.S. program include:

  • Student Advisory Committee: In addition to your advisor, you will choose two or three faculty members to serve on your committee.  At least one committee member must be from outside of your specialty area. A good committee will offer expertise from different areas and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary training and research.
  • Program of Study: MS students must take at least three credits each from the three core subject areas: Biological Science, Physical Science, and Social Science. Your committee must approve your Program of Study.
  • Thesis Plan: This is a brief description of the research you plan to conduct for your thesis, along with major references. The Thesis Plan becomes the guideline for satisfaction of the Thesis requirement once the committee has approved it.  
  • Research Paper Plan (Non-Thesis Plan): This is a two-page proposal with the format and content of your technical research paper.
  • ESGP Seminar: All students must take three semesters of this one-credit seminar. Students will give an entry presentation during the first year, and an exit presentation during the final year. 
  • Final Master Examination: Students should submit a final draft of the thesis (or technical paper) to the committee two to three weeks prior to the exam. This is a 2-hour exam that centers on, but does not have to be restricted to, the thesis research.
  • Thesis Submission: After a passing the Final Examination, students will complete suggested revisions and submit the final, approved document to the Graduate School for publication. Please check the Graduate School Website for the most updated graduation deadlines.

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in ESGP

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a research degree that provides students with opportunities to achieve a high level of scholarly competence and to develop the ability to contribute to the knowledge and theory base in the field of environmental science.

Major components of the Ph.D. program include:

  • Student Advisory Committee: In addition to your advisor, you will choose two or three faculty members to serve on your committee.  At least one committee member must be from outside of your specialty area. A good committee will offer expertise from different areas and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary training and research.
  • Program of Study: Your committee will help you design and approve your program of study. Ph.D. students must take at least 6 credits each from the 3 core subject areas: Biological Science, Physical Science, and Social Science.
  • Candidacy Examination: This is a test of your knowledge of your field, and occurs after all of the coursework listed in the Program of Study has been completed.
  • Dissertation Plan: This is a one-page abstract of your proposed dissertation research that must be approved by your committee once you have completed your candidacy examination.
  • ESGP Seminar: All students must take three semesters of this one-credit seminar. Students will give an entry presentation during the first year, and an exit presentation during the final year. 
  • Final Oral Examination: This is a test of the originality of your work, independence of thought, ability to synthesize and interpret, quality of research presented and contribution to the body of knowledge.
  • Dissertation Submission: After a passing the Final Examination, students will complete suggested revisions and submit the final, approved document to the Graduate School for publication.  Please check the Graduate School Website for the most updated graduation deadlines.

M.S. and Ph.D. Degree Timelines

An M.S. Program typically takes 2-3 years, to complete, and a Ph.D. Program typically takes 4-6 years.

 

Timeline for the completion of major ESGP program components

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