Environmental and Energy Policy

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
—Immanuel Kant

Environmental and Energy Policy—PhD

Fast Facts

  • Program faculty have obtained several research grants from the National Science Foundation, US Forest Service, US Department of Energy, US Agency for International Development, and the State of Michigan to research biofuels, water management, forest management, and environmental education topics.
  • Students and faculty have studied environmental policy issues on five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.

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Graduate Programs in Environmental and Energy Policy

Students in Michigan Tech’s Environmental and Energy Policy PhD program gain skills in policy analysis and an understanding of social, economic and environmental systems.

This interdisciplinary program will prepare students to conduct research in support of societal decisions regarding environmental and energy-policy goals, strategies, and programs. Students will use the tools and approaches of multiple disciplines, including sociology, geography, anthropology, political science, economics, history, sustainability science, ecology, and hydrology in support of research involving an integrated assessment of environmental and energy-related policy choices.

Michigan Tech's program is small and focused, which permits us to be flexible and to work intensively with each of our graduate students. The program will focus on policy-related research supporting societal decisions and choices toward a sustainable society.

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PhD Requirements

To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:

  • Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
  • Pass Qualifying Examination
  • Pass Research Proposal Examination
  • Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
  • Pass Final Oral Defense

The minimum credit requirements are as follows:

Total Credit Requirements  
MS–PhD (minimum) 30 credits
BS–PhD (minimum) 60 credits


Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.