Marine and Environmental Sciences, PhD—Advanced Entry

The PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MES) program provides students with advanced course work and training in the concentration areas of Marine Science, Geoscience, Sustainability, and Ecology and Evolution. Students admitted with a master’s degree must take a statistics course and two semesters of seminar: one in the student's concentration and another of their choice. Transcripts detailing their previous course work will be submitted upon arrival to their dissertation committee and the marine and environmental sciences graduate committee to determine whether additional course work is required. The dissertation committee may require the student to pursue additional course work as needed to provide the necessary background for their program of study. Additional course work may also be required depending on the student’s performance on written qualifying and oral examinations.

Students must pass three examinations during the course of their graduate studies:

  1. An oral examination by the student’s dissertation committee consisting of an oral presentation.
  2. A proposal defense presented to the student's dissertation committee that explains the research areas that the student proposes to work in.
  3. A defense of the student's written dissertation consisting of a public seminar, public question-and-answer period, and private defense of their work to their dissertation committee. Dissertation committees consist of at least four Northeastern faculty and one external faculty member.

A cumulative GPA of 3.000 is required for graduation. All PhD students are required to have at least one first-authored publication submitted to or accepted in a peer-reviewed journal prior to their defense. The PhD will be awarded following submission of a dissertation, approved by the candidate’s dissertation committee, to the College of Science.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Milestones

Annual review
Dissertation committee
Qualifying examination
Dissertation proposal
Candidacy
First-author publication
Dissertation defense

Core Requirements

Statistics
Complete one of the following:4
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 6500
Experimental Design Marine Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 5522
Alternative statistics course as approved by graduate committee
Readings
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:2
Readings

Concentration

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Seminars
EEMB 7102Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology2
Complete one of the following:2
Seminar in Sustainability Sciences
EEMB Seminar in Marine Sciences
(TBA)
Seminar in Geosciences

Sustainability Sciences

Seminars
EEMB 7103Seminar in Sustainability Sciences2
Complete one of the following:2
EEMB Seminar in Marine Sciences
(TBA)
Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Seminar in Geosciences

Geosciences

Seminars
EEMB 7104Seminar in Geosciences2
Complete one of the following:2
EEMB Seminar in Marine Sciences
(TBA)
Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Seminar in Sustainability Sciences

Marine Sciences

Seminars
EEMB Seminar in Marine Sciences (TBA)2
Complete one of the following:2
Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Seminar in Sustainability Sciences
Seminar in Geosciences

Dissertation

Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
Dissertation

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

10 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required